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Landlords who fail to provide basic cooking and kitchen facilities, leaving low-income tenants reliant on expensive processed meals and takeaway food, should have their licences revoked, an all-party group of MPs has said.

The all-party parliamentary group on hunger has written to ministers asking for councils to be given powers to specify the provision of basic items such as a fridge and a two-ring electrical hob as a condition of landlords being able to let to tenants in receipt of housing benefit.

MPs acted after food banks reported that their clients were often unable to carry out basic cooking such as boiling a pan of pasta or rice because the kitchen of their private-rented home contained only a microwave oven.

The crackdown on landlords is one of a series of recommendations included in a six-month progress report on the all-party Feeding Britain group, aimed at tackling the rise of food poverty in the UK.

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source: The Guardian
published: 14 June 2015