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MPs stand by report

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

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CORNWALL MPs have defended their decision to reject a motion calling for an investigation into the use of foodbanks. A proposal put before Parliament by Maria Eagle, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, called on the Government to publish the results of research into the use of foodbanks commissioned by Defra, which ministers had promised would be published last year. Foodbanks offer free food to those in dire need. The proposal also called on the Government to bring forward measures to reduce dependency on foodbanks, including a freeze on energy prices, a water affordability scheme, measures to end zero-hours employment contracts, incentives to companies to pay a living wage and abolition of the under- occupancy penalty or 'bedroom tax'. Cornish MPs have stood by the decision to reject the motion, claiming a review into the Defra report is on its way. George Eustice, MP for Camborne and Redruth, said: "Defra has already commissioned a report to review the public evidence on the use of food banks and this will report in the new year."

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