Baroness apologises for 'poor people can't cook' remark

A Conservative peer has apologised after suggesting one reason for the rise in food bank use is that poor people "don't know how to cook". Baroness Jenkin made the remarks as part of a panel that has put together a landmark report on how to address the number of Britons struggling to feed themselves.

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Baroness Jenkin apologises for poor people comment

Baroness Jenkin has apologised for suggesting poor people "don't know how to cook".

The Conservative peer said she was attempting to highlight that as a society we have lost our ability to cook.

It comes as a panel published a report on how to address the number of Britons who are struggling to feed themselves.

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports

Baroness apologises for 'poor people can't cook' remark

A Conservative peer has apologised after suggesting one reason for the rise in food bank use is that poor people "don't know how to cook".

Baroness Jenkin made the remarks as part of a panel that has put together a landmark report on how to address the number of Britons struggling to feed themselves.

Speaking to Radio 4's World at One, she admitted her words were poorly chosen but her overall point was still valid.

What I meant was as a society we have lost our ability to cook. That seems no longer to be handed down in the way that it was by previous generations.

I am well aware that I made a mistake in saying it and apologise to anybody who's been offended by it. The point is valid. If people today had the cooking skills that previous generations had, none of us would be eating so much pre-prepared food.

– Baroness Jenkin

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Archbishop leads effort to tackle reliance on foodbanks

There has been a pronounced rise in the number of people using foodbanks over the years since the financial crisis, with many households struggling to feed themselves for a variety of reasons.

Now the Archbishop of Canterbury is spearheading an effort to tackle the number of people going hungry in the UK.

According to one Conservative peer part of the problem is that "poor people don't know how to cook" and are therefore not making the savings they could be on their food budget.

But Labour say the main cause of problems leading people to food banks are problems in the benefits system.

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports.

Tory peer says poor people 'don't know how to cook'

A Conservative member of the House of Lords has said an inability to prepare meals at home is one of the reasons people are suffering from hunger.

Speaking at a press event to mark a new report on hunger in the UK, Baroness Jenkin said part of the problem was that "poor people don't know how to cook".

Political Correspondent Libby Wiener is following developments.

The Baroness did explain that there were a number of factors behind hunger, not simply a lack of cooking skill among low-income households.

Welby: Party political approach to hunger will not work

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, says a party political approach to ending hunger in the UK "will not work".

MPs and the Church of England have joined forces to launch a new report about how to tackle food poverty.

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener is following the Archbishop's speech this morning in Westminster:

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