A Bromley Borough Councillor recently responded to DPAC that Bromley Borough
residents are not dependant on food banks but that our residents suffered more from
obesity. Now that Oxfam have advised that Bromley residents are the second
highest number of users of food banks in the capital does he accept that this is
I hesitate to answer on behalf of another Councillor as I did not make the remarks,
but I will do my best to give an official answer. The question asks if Bromley Borough
residents are dependent on food banks. There is no doubt that food banks support a
number of people who have fallen on hard times, but it would be wrong to generalise
to the extent that Bromley residents are dependent on food banks. It would not be
wrong to indicate that for a small percentage they form a useful support function and
we welcome the building of community resilience in this way.
We need to support the “small percentage”.