Food Banks

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 4th September 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether all jobcentres issue vouchers for food banks; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Fiona O'Donnell Fiona O'Donnell Labour, East Lothian

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department has issued to Jobcentre Plus staff on referring claimants to food banks; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Cathy Jamieson Cathy Jamieson Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2013, Official Report, column 346W, on food banks: voucher schemes, for what reasons his Department has no plans to monitor the usage of food banks.

Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Food banks are not part of Government policy and, as such, the Department for Work and Pensions does not hold or collect information on their usage. Jobcentre Plus signpost people to food banks only; it does not refer people to food banks or issue vouchers.

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