Jobcentre Plus: Food Banks

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 26th January 2016.

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Photo of Alison Thewliss Alison Thewliss Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Cities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he had with foodbank providers on the planned introduction of Jobcentre staff in foodbanks.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

Jobcentre Work Coaches undertake outreach work every day in local communities, and have recently been helping people with back-to-work support and advice in Manchester, where a food bank sits alongside other support services.

The Department is in the early stages of testing the outreach activity, and will reflect on the findings.

Where Jobcentre Plus is invited to work in partnership with a food bank provider, and where there is a local need, Jobcentre Plus District Managers will be able to apply the best practices identified.

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