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Jobcentres: Food Banks

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 137471, tabled on 24 April 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claimants signposted by Jobcentre Plus to food banks were previously (a) offered and (b) awarded an advance payment or short term benefit advance.

Answered on

27 April 2018

The information requested is not available as no data is held on the number using the signposting to food bank service at Jobcentres. Jobcentre Plus does not make direct referrals to food banks but has offered a signposting service since 2011 to those who have expressed an interest in using a food bank.

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