Thursday, 19 February 2015

Foodbanks

Food Banks do excellent work helping those who have hit difficult times and I fully support the efforts of people like Don Gardner and others from local churches in our community who have come together to offer support in this way.  

As Minister for Food, I have visited the operation in Camborne on several occasions and looked at this issue closely. The Government is doing its part by offering free school meals to all infants to ensure children are eating properly and there are other schemes like Healthy Start that make food available for young families.  

The best way to help people out of poverty is to help them back into work. That's why we have reformed the benefits system so that work pays. Since 2010, 1.7 million more people are now in work and in Camborne and Redruth, the number of unemployed people has almost halved since 2010, but there is more to do in terms of creating better paid jobs.

We also need to help those suffering the demoralising consequences of personal debt and I recently held a conference to address this issue and look at alternative ways to help people navigate a way out of indebtedness.