Scottish Human Rights Commission report calls for the right to food to be enshrined in Scots Law

Date: 18th April 2019
Category: Child poverty, Social security, Incorporation, Right to life, survival and development, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)


The Scottish Human Rights Commission is calling on the government to take action to incorporate the right to food into Scotland's laws as part of its work to make Scotland a good food nation

The new report to Scottish Government calls for the right to food to be put into law in Scotland to protect people from rising food insecurity and the impacts of Brexit. The report also calls on public authorities to address inequalities in people's access to adequate food.

The Commission sets out the challenges to the supply, affordability and accessibility of food for people across Scotland. The report echoes recommendations from the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to put in place a national framework law to protect and realise the right to food.

The Commission worked with people affected by food poverty to develop its recommendations.

Read the full report here.