Under this Government we are seeing a cost of living crisis that is pushing increasing numbers of families into severe hardship. Low pay and rising prices have pushed hundreds of thousands into relying on food banks.
Despite the Trussell Trust and the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the UK reporting problems with social security as the single biggest overall trigger for food bank use, the Work & Pensions Secretary has refused to take any action.
Instead of hiding behind the myth, that says the increase in food banks is driving demand - an insult to many parents who have skipped meals to ensure their children don’t go hungry - it’s time that Ministers got a grip and took the issue seriously.
The Autumn Statement exposed the Government for who they really are, extreme, ideological and committed to shrinking the state back to levels not seen since the 1930s.
The cost of living crisis could be tackled by measures including freezing energy prices and reforming the broken energy market, taking action to end the abuse of zero hours contracts and offering tax rebates to firms which sign up to pay the living wage.