Addressing the unacceptably high levels of food insecurity is the focus of the first chapter of my London Food Strategy. London should be a zero-hunger city and I am doing everything within my power to ensure Londoners can eat well and feed their families, but the Government needs to do more.
The recent food insecurity measure published in the Survey of Londoners showed 400,000 children and 1.5 million adults, 60 per cent of whom are working either full or part time, have low or very low levels of food security and subsequently struggle to access and afford a sufficient diet.
The cumulative impact assessment I published in July found that tax and welfare reforms since 2010 will push an extra 100,000 Londoners into poverty, including 75,000 children, by 2021/22. The government must therefore immediately reverse the effects of disastrous polices like the benefit freeze and Universal Credit, the latter of which they already acknowledge is linked to the shocking rise in foodbank use.