Friday 3 August 2018 / 12:01 AM DWP / Margaret Greenwood

Margaret Greenwood comments on latest Trussell Trust report

Margaret Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the Trussell Trust report on increased foodbank need during the summer holidays, said:

“It is a scandal that this summer, thousands of families are having to rely on foodbanks to stave off hunger.

“Child poverty in the UK shows no sign of slow down; over four million children are growing up in poverty and that number is set to rise sharply over this Parliament as a direct result of government policies.

“The government needs to take stock of the impact that its social security policies are having on the health and wellbeing of children.

“The next Labour government will make tackling child poverty the priority it should be through a Living Wage of £10 an hour; 30 hours free childcare for all 2 – 4 year olds; and a social security system that supports parents rather than penalises them.”