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Which Types of Family are at Risk of Food Poverty in the UK? A Relative Deprivation Approach

O'Connell, RE; Owen, C; Padley, M; Simon, A; Brannen, J; (2019) Which Types of Family are at Risk of Food Poverty in the UK? A Relative Deprivation Approach. Social Policy and Society , 18 (1) pp. 1-18. 10.1017/S1474746418000015. Green open access

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Abstract

Not enough is known in the UK about how economic phenomena and policy changes have impacted families’ ability to feed themselves. This article employs a novel way of identifying the types of UK families at risk of food poverty over time. Applying a relative deprivation approach, it asks what counts in the UK as a socially acceptable diet that meets needs for health and social participation and how much this costs. Comparing this to actual food expenditure by different family types, between 2005 and 2013, it identifies which are spending less than expected and may be at risk of food poverty. The analysis finds the proportion has increased over time for most family types and for lone parents and large families in particular. The discussion considers findings in light of changing economic and policy contexts and the implications for policy responses of how food poverty is defined and measured.

Type: Article
Title: Which Types of Family are at Risk of Food Poverty in the UK? A Relative Deprivation Approach
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S1474746418000015
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746418000015
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10040112
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