Bishop calls for evidence on food poverty

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THE Bishop of Durham has urged North East people to provide evidence to a Parliamentary inquiry into food banks when it visits the region next month.

Members of the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty will visit the region on Friday, July 4.

The group is co-chaired by The Right Hon Frank Field MP and The Right Revd Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro.

The purpose of the visit is to help gather evidence into the extent and causes of hunger in Britain and the scope of the provision available to alleviate it. This is one of a series of meetings across the country.

Bishop of Durham, the Right Revd Paul Butler, a long-time supporter of food banks, said: “The group is anxious to hear from those who find themselves in food poverty and also from groups and volunteers who are working to try and help through the provision of food assistance.

“This has become a major issue for society and I urge North East people to provide evidence to the inquiry.”

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n The Right Revd Butler is due to make his maiden speech to the House of Lords today. The Bishop’s speech is expected to be in the area of welfare and employment.