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Food poverty: MPs call on government to step up help
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The government should create a food security minister to ensure continued progress in helping to feed poverty-hit people, according to MPs.

A report from the Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee says progress made during the pandemic should be maintained as lockdown eases.

Ministers mobilized their departments during the pandemic, "but this impetus needs to be sustained," MPs say.

And the government should consider enshrining in law a "right to food".

Tory MP Neil Parish, who chairs the Commons committee, said the efforts to feed the most vulnerable people during the Covid-19 crisis should "set a precedent" for the future.

There are 5.9 million adults in the UK who experienced food poverty in the six months up to February and 1.7 million children living in food-insecure households, according to the report.

To ensure โปรโมชั่น slotxo people continue to get help, the MPs called for the introduction of a food security minister who would be backed by "robust" cross-government structures to ensure all relevant departments "prioritise the issue of food insecurity".

'Urgent assessment'
The government should also consult on how the right to food could be introduced in England, the report urges, in a bid to "drive action" across Whitehall.

Other recommendations in the report include:

Ensure that families with children eligible for free school meals continue to be able to feed their children
Learn from the "unacceptable" food parcels provided by some suppliers in January and improve standards
Urge retailers to "recognize their responsibility" to help people shielding due to health vulnerabilities to access food, including by removing delivery charges and minimum online spends for them
The MPs also warned that taxpayer support to the hospitality industry "will have been wasted" if its supply chain collapses because suppliers have not received the same level of support.

Therefore, they said, the government must "urgently assess the impact" of the closures of hospitality to its suppliers and provide additional financial support as the lockdown is eased.

Mr Parish said: "During the Covid crisis, different government departments pulled together to make sure that the most vulnerable in our society were fed. This should set a precedent.

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