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Food Banks Oral Question, 23/04/15 [S]

During First Ministers Question Time on 23 April 2015 Clare Adamson (SNP) asked the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to figures from the Trussell Trust suggesting that the number of people in the United Kingdom relying on food banks is expected to pass 1 million.

The First Minister replied that the number of people experiencing food poverty is increasing, which is utterly unacceptable in a country as prosperous as ours is. The Trussell Trust figures continue to show that the most common reasons for people using food banks are benefit changes and delays, and low income. The UK Government must take responsibility for the impact of its welfare reform—or welfare cuts, as I prefer to call it—programme.

We are investing almost £300 million, including £1 million over the next two years to combat food poverty, to help those who are most affected by the changes. However, if we want to see a reduction in people being forced to rely on food banks, we need a party that will seek to reverse the undoing of our social security system and will not continue to rip it apart. That is what my party wants to do.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 23 April  2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 23 April 2015