Draft proposal for Member’s Bill to include right to food in Scots Law
Date: 17th September 2021
Category: Child poverty
A draft proposal for a Member’s Bill to include a right to food in Scots law has been lodged by MSP Rhoda Grant. It aims to reduce food insecurity and improve health.
Rhoda has explained that access to food is a human right, but it is currently being denied to too many people in Scotland. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated this and increased the need for action to be taken to address this problem.
The key aims of the proposed bill are:
- enshrine the right to food in Scots Law
- place responsibility for driving and overseeing this right upon the Scottish Government
- establish responsibility for oversight onto either an existing body or create an independent statutory food commission to:
- enable joined up policy making across food policy
- set measurable targets on food security
- require the Scottish Government to check policies against requirements of non-regression of the right to food.