Food insecurity in London

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Marina Ahmad Marina Ahmad Labour

What actions are you taking to tackle food insecurity in London?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Food insecurity is a manifestation of poverty caused primarily by low income. Only Government holds the levers to truly tackle the poverty and low income experienced by too many Londoners and I’ll continue to lobby them to ensure the welfare system is accessible to all and covers the basic cost of living and housing.

For my part, I’ll continue working with partners through the Robust Safety Net mission to help Londoners maximise their incomes - and I’m investing an additional £3.7 million this year to raise awareness of financial rights and entitlements and bolster the advice sector.  My Good Work Standard continues to encourage employers to offer fair pay and working conditions to their employees.

Unfortunately food banks remain a necessity so I’ll continue to support the food aid sector, including through the work of the London Food Board’s Food Aid Sub-Group. My officers are also developing the next stage of Food Roots Incubator programme, which is helping food aid providers develop sustainable approaches to tackling food insecurity.