An all-party parliamentary inquiry into hunger and food poverty in Britain will gather evidence from people and groups in Cornwall.

The inquiry aims to gather evidence on the extent and causes of hunger in Britain, the scope of provision to alleviate it and a comparison with other Western countries and will hold a regional evidence session in Truro on Friday, June 20.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hunger and Food Poverty was established by Frank Field MP and Laura Sandys MP in October 2013, in order to investigate the root causes behind hunger, food poverty and the huge increase in demand for food banks across Britain.

The inquiry is chaired by the Bishop of Truro, Tim Thornton, and Frank Field MP. The group’s officers, Laura Sandys MP and Sarah Newton MP, will form the core of the Inquiry team and will be joined by Emma Lewell-Buck MP, John Glen MP and other members of the APPG.

The Inquiry has planned a series of regional meetings to gather evidence from people living in poverty and those engaged in food banks and similar provision, including one in Truro.

The Inquiry intends to pose a series of key questions to each of the political parties in the run-up to the next general election about how they will respond to rising hunger and food poverty in this country.