Food: Retail Trade

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 17th June 2022.

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Photo of Beth Winter Beth Winter Labour, Cynon Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has held with food retailers on the need to ensure food remains accessible and affordable.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra engages with food retailers on a regular basis and discusses the cost of living issue. We welcome the steps announced by some food retailers to support their workforce and customers. We will continue to explore with retailers the options available to them to ensure the availability of affordable food, such as maintaining value ranges, price matching and price freezes.

We recognise that people are facing pressures with the increasing cost of living and that some people continue to require extra support. From last month, the Government is providing an additional £500 million to help households with the cost of essentials, bringing the total funding for this support to £1.5 billion.

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