Tuesday 15 October 2019 / 12:01 AM Work and Pensions

9 in 10 Brits think hunger is a problem in the UK – Greenwood responds

Margaret Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the Trussell Trust’s report on hunger in the UK, said:

“It is a national disgrace that people are going hungry in the UK in the 21st century. This important research shows just how out of touch the government is with public feeling on this issue.

“People across the UK want our country to be a place of compassion. Instead, the government persists with policies that are driving people into poverty and hunger.

“Labour will introduce food security policies, reduce food banks usage by 50 per cent within our first year of office and end the need for food banks altogether within three years.

“We will take immediate action to end the five week wait, scrap the two child limit and abolish the benefit cap which are driving up poverty. We will suspend all sanctions, scrap Universal Credit and replace it with a social security system that treats people with dignity and respect.”



Notes to Editors

  • The Trussell Trust today (Tuesday) has released the largest ever poll into poverty showing that nine in 10 Brits think hunger is a problem in the UK.
  • The report shows:
    • 90 per cent of the UK public believes everyone should be able to afford to buy enough food
    • 87 per cent consider hunger to be a problem in the UK
    • 15 per cent have had direct experience of living in poverty
    • 85 per cent agree that someone could be in work but still in poverty in the UK
    • 66 per cent believe poverty has got worse in the last five years, 75 per cent say gap between rich and poor is worse and 70 per cent say the ability to afford the cost of essentials has worsened
    • 51 per cent of Brits think food banks are an embarrassment to this country and 70 per cent agree they should not exist in modern society
    • The majority of those survey (55 per cent) agree the government is most responsible for addressing hunger in the UK
    • 61 per cent agree that most people living in poverty in the UK today are in this situation because of government policies or actions