Without access to justice: The work and welfare problems driving food insecurity
This report is about work and welfare: insecure jobs, zero hours contracts, employment rights, long hours and low pay, navigating a complex system, not making ends meet and the physical and mental health impacts of a broken safety net.
This report is about food insecurity: worrying about affording food this week, reducing the quality and quantity of how much you eat, skipping meals, going hungry.
This report is about justice.
You are invited to join The University of Liverpool Law School and Feeding Liverpool for the launch of their new report: ‘Without access to justice: The work and welfare problems driving food insecurity’.
This report, draws from powerful stories of people of working-age who were using food support spaces, including food banks, food pantries and other community organisations in 2023. It contains a series of recommendations responding to the report’s four key findings:
- People of working-age are experiencing food insecurity because they can be trying to get-by on an income that is below the minimum level promised by law.
- Accessing legal rights is excessively and often unnecessarily complicated.
- The current substance of employment and welfare rights is insufficient to protect people of working-age from food insecurity.
- Being without access to justice puts mental and physical health at risk.
This report, and its recommendations, are particularly relevant to:
- Employers and trade unions
- Local authorities and education providers
- Charities providing food support spaces, local and regional food network and all those working to tackle poverty and inequality.
- Health professionals and those working in and around the topic of health inequality
- Civil servants, members of parliament and those working in and around Government who are concerned about equality, fair employment and public health
Please join us at one of two report launch events:
Wednesday 17th January 2pm – 4pm at The University of Liverpool School of Law and Social Justice
This event will include a include a presentation from the report authors, reflections from key local stakeholders and a facilitated discussion exploring how organisations and communities across Liverpool can respond to the recommendations in the report.
Tuesday 23rd January 11am – 12.30pm Online
This event will include a presentation from the report authors, reflections from key national stakeholders with an opportunity to ask questions to the authors and panelists.
The online report launch will include a presentation from the report authors Professor Lydia Hayes (University of Liverpool Law School) and Dr Naomi Maynard (Feeding Liverpool) and reflections from key stakeholders.
The report will be shared with attendees prior to the events.