Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has called for a debate in Parliament on the damaging rise in food bank usage, following damning new statistics released by the Trussell Trust.
The charity, which runs the majority of food banks across the UK, announced last week that there had been in excess of 100,000 referrals made over the past year and a staggering 43 per cent rise in food parcels supplied in the last 5 years.
Speaking during Business Questions, Chris exposed the reality behind the rise, namely that one third of all referrals had resulted from delays in benefits payments linked to Universal Credit. The Tories’ flagship welfare policy has been blighted with problems since it was first launched and has been seen by many to have been chronically underfunded.
Appearing to shrug the concerns off, the Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom MP, claimed food banks were “an impressive response by civil society” to support vulnerable people. Ms Leadsom also appeared to not want to echo the link between the roll-out of Universal Credit and rising food bank usage, which Work and Pensions Secretary, Amber Rudd MP, stated earlier this year.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“This Tory Government should hang its head in shame. Frankly, it’s absurd that the number of people having to rely on the goodness of others to feed their family in 2019 is taking such a sharp rise.
“This goes to the heart of what a draconian, heartless government we have in the UK at the moment. Far from helping the “just about managing”, Theresa May is letting everything go by the wayside because of Brexit, and she’s not even getting that right!”