Trussell Trust

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what agreements his Department has made with the Trussell Trust since May 2010; what the status of any such agreement is; and what discussions his Department has had with the Trussell Trust since May 2010.

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

Following a meeting with representatives of the Trussell Trust in August 2011, Jobcentre Plus agreed local offices would signpost claimants in crisis if this service was requested by local food banks. We continue to offer this service and signpost claimants to food banks.

While we have had some correspondence with the Trussell Trust but it has not been considered necessary to have any further discussions; Food banks are not Government responsibility.

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