Thursday 25 April 2019 / 12:01 AM Margaret Greenwood

Sharp rise in food bank use over the last year is shocking – Margaret Greenwood

Margaret Greenwood MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the news from the Trussell Trust that a record 1.6m food bank parcels was provided to people in the past year, said:

“The sharp rise in food bank use over the last year is shocking, and the need for emergency food parcels in one of the richest countries of the world is shameful. Nobody in our society should be forced to turn to food banks to survive.

“Despite Ministers’ attempts to explain away food bank use, the Trussell Trust is very clear that cuts to social security and the five-week wait for Universal Credit payments are key reasons for the rise.

“Labour will end the benefits freeze, stop the rollout of Universal Credit and ensure that our social security system supports any one of us should we need it.”