Scottish Labour MSP Jackie Baillie has pledged her support for Elaine Smith MSP’s draft bill that would see a Right to Food enshrined in Scots Law.
The bill, entitled Right to Food (Scotland) Bill, seeks to establish an independent statutory body to oversee food policy to ensure no one goes hungry in Scotland. The passage of this bill would mean that the Scottish Government would have responsibility for ensuring that food is available, accessible, and adequate for everyone.
Introducing the Bill, Ms Smith said; “At this time of crisis, the availability of food, which many of us have taken for granted, has been shown to be a vital issue. Given its critical importance, food policy has not been given the priority it deserves by the Scottish Government. According to our international obligations we all have a right to food; however, it is not enshrined in Scots law as it is in many other countries.”
In showing support for this proposed Bill, Dumbarton Constituency MSP Jackie Baillie added; “No-one should be going hungry in a wealthy nation like Scotland, but sadly due to both Tory & SNP austerity too many people are struggling.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a large number of people become reliant on foodbanks, with many struggling to meet the increasing demand. West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare, Helensburgh & Lomond Foodbank and Food For Thought, have been doing an exceptional job supporting those in need before and during this pandemic, but they should not have to be doing so. By enshrining the internationally recognised right to food in Scots Law we can send a clear message that hunger has no place in modern Scotland.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- Members of the public can take part in the consultation on the bill at www.righttofoodscotland.wixsite.com/righttofood the closing date is Tuesday, September 15th.