CPAG's submission to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty in Britain

December 2014

In June this year Child Poverty Action Group submitted evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty in Britain chaired by Frank Field MP.

In this, we argue that it is critically important to distinguish between food poverty and the more immediate question of rising food bank use. We see the former as a chronic condition, whereas emergency food assistance, while it may be connected to longer-term pressures, is almost always triggered by a specific crisis. As a result, while solutions to each are likely to be complementary they require separate analysis and distinct remedies.