Job advisers posted in Manchester food-bank in trial by Work and Pensions Secretary

Job advisers have been posted in a food bank as part of a trial that is set to be rolled out across the country, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith has announced.

Claimants who turn to charities for support when they cannot make ends meet can be given advice on finding work while picking up emergency food parcels, MPs were told.

The scheme is being trialled at a food bank in Manchester but could be introduced into other centres if it is successful, the Work and Pensions Secretary said.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith Credit: PA Images

Mr Duncan Smith also questioned Trussell Trust figures that showed a 398% increase in the number of people using their food banks between 2012-14 in Scotland.

While the figures were "genuinely put together" they were "not absolutely clear", he told the committee.

SNP MP Mhairi Black, a member of the Work and Pensions committee, accused the Government of trying to turn foodbanks into an "outpost" for Jobcentre Plus.