Empty supermarket shelves

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2019
Reference: 
2019/3888
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Given the warnings from supermarkets about the possibility of empty shelves and lack of food in the event of a no-deal Brexit, what can you do to ensure that the most vulnerable Londoners have access to food?

Answer

Empty supermarket shelves

Empty supermarket shelves

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My London Food Strategy includes a focus on ensuring all Londoners have access to healthy food and it is vital that Londoners can access food in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

I have asked the London Resilience Forum to look at the short-term implications of a no-deal Brexit. A food sub-group chaired by Claire Pritchard, chair of my London Food Board, and including Fiona Twycross, Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience, is looking at potential impacts of a no-deal Brexit on the supply and distribution of food, including impacts on vulnerable people.

I have built food questions into the current Survey of Londoners, which will provide for the first time robust food insecurity measures for London, meeting one of my manifesto commitments. These measures will tell us the number and proportion of adults and children who are living in food insecurity.