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Inititatives and Local Authorities give evidence on health inequalities

3 February 2020

The next evidence session of the Select Committee on Food, Poverty, Health and Environment asks how the government can enable and encourage people, particularly those with lower incomes to eat a healthy diet. The second session covers how local authorities can respond to food poverty in their area and initiatives they have developed to address food insecurity and unhealthy diets.


Tuesday 4 February, Committee Room 2A, Palace of Westminster

At 10.40am

  • Tom Andrews, Programme Manager, Sustainable Food Cities
  • Steve Butterworth, CEO, Neighbourly
  • Alex Holt, Programme Lead, Food Active

At 11.40am

  • Nicky Dennison, Public Health Specialist, Blackpool City Council
  • Katie Cuming, Public Health Consultant, Brighton and Hove City Council
  • Claire Pritchard, Chair, London Food Board

Possible questions

  • Can you outline your understanding of the relationships between food, poverty and inequalities, including health inequalities and all kinds of malnutrition?
  • What should central government be doing to enable and encourage people, particularly those with lower incomes, to consume a healthy and sustainable diet?
  • What are your experiences in setting up and running local partnerships and networks?
  • What would be the most effective, long-term intervention from central government to ensure that a healthy, sustainable diet is truly accessible to everyone?
  • How can local areas successfully embed sustainability into food and public health policies?
  • What options do local authorities or boards have to tackle problems associated with poverty and food insecurity and to encourage a healthy food environment?
  • What challenges are there in administering central Government programmes and how can local authorities be better supported in their efforts to do so?

Further information

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