Poverty and benefit changes

MQT on 2014-06-11
Session date: 
June 11, 2014
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


An increasing body of evidence has been presented highlighting the link between the government's welfare reform agenda and increasing food poverty. Most notably, the recent study by Sheffield University found that welfare reform had caused an increase in food poverty and emergency food aid usage by (a) increasing the level of overall income poverty and (b) sanctions leaving people with periods of no income. What is your reaction to this and what messages are you communicating to Government regarding the implications of welfare reform for Londoners, both in relation to food poverty and poverty more generally?


Answer for Poverty and benefit changes

Answer for Poverty and benefit changes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I do not want any Londoners to experience food poverty. As you know, the Economic & Business Policy Unit has a close focus on food poverty issues. They are working on how to bring social supermarkets to London to help to tackle food poverty in the capital.