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Food Poverty

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN HL8957, tabled on 30 June 2023

To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Trussell Trust Hunger in the UK, published in June; whether they intend to publish a response; and if so, when.

Answered on

11 July 2023

The Department for Work and Pensions has no plans to publish a response to the report by the Trussell Trust on Hunger in the UK. However, we continue to monitor new research and evidence produced by external organisations.

Government takes the issue of food security seriously, which is why we added internationally used food security questions to the Family Resources Survey in 2019/20. These questions remain in the survey and will allow us to track food security over time

Building on the food insecurity data which this Government first published in 2019/20, we have published official estimates of foodbank use for the first time. These will, alongside the broad suite of poverty data, help the Government to understand more about the characteristics of people most in need and help shape future policy considerations.

We will continue to work across Government to support the most vulnerable.