Asked about Mr Anderson’s comments in the House of Commons, Brexit’s Secretary of State, Robert Peston, said: “There would be much less food poverty, much less food banks if the British knew how to cook.”
When disputed that this was indeed the cause of food poverty, Mr. Reese-Mog replied:
“I would be guilty of hypocrisy if I made that statement.”
Political correspondent Adam Bienkov also shared Mr. Anderson’s comments on Twitter, writing: Conservative MP Lee Anderson says there is no need for food banks in the UK, people just “can’t cook properly, they can’t cook.” They can not give a budget from scratch. “
In an interview with Peston last night, ITV News Deputy Political Editor Anushka Astana presented data from the Food Foundation, an organization that studies the percentage of people associated with food spending.
According to them, the number of people who had to skip meals for a whole day due to inability to do so increased from 3.6% in January 2022 to 4.6% in April this year, equivalent to 2.4 million adults.
The number of adults considered food insecure as a whole also increased from 8.8% to 13.8% during the same period, amounting to 7.3 million food insecure adult households.
The figures are disaggregated by occupation, showing that 21.6 percent of NHS’s social workers are food insecure, well above the national average.
The numbers were worse for those employed in the food sector, where 24.2% are food insecure.
His comments on cooking and budgeting were criticized by opposition lawmakers as “crude”, and Labor Shadow’s Minister of Pensions Karen Buck said: turn on their stoves for fear of rising energy bills.
“The idea that the problem is cooking skills, not the government’s 12-year decisions pushing people into extreme poverty is unbelievable.”
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