Government has no official record of UK foodbanks

Britain’s disintegrating government has no official data on the amount of foodbanks in the country, you may not be too surprised to learn.

Responding to a written question from Lord Taylor of Warwick, Baroness Stedman-Scott, speaking on behalf of the DWP, told the House of Lords that “there is no official data or record of the number of foodbanks in the UK”.

Lord Taylor had asked what assessment had been made of reports that there's been an increase in the number of foodbanks set up in UK schools.

According to Baroness Stedman-Scott, the government wants to develop a better understanding of household food needs to help ensure support is targeted at “those who need it most”.

She added: “This is why the government has worked with food insecurity experts, the Office for National Statistics and the Scottish Government to introduce a new set of food security questions in the Family Resources Survey starting from April 2019.

“This means that we will in future be able to able to monitor the prevalence and severity of household food insecurity across the UK and for specific groups, to better understand the drivers of food insecurity and identify which groups are most at risk.”

Watch this space, then.