It is totally inappropriate that people who are struggling to pay their bills have had to turn to foodbanks. These only started up during the Conservatives’ time in power, over the last thirteen years.
There’s a clear link between current government policies and this new shameful dependency and the Trussell trust is correct: inadequate Universal Credit payments are the major reason we have food banks at all.
The UK is one of the richest countries in the world and those in need should not have to rely on handouts in their struggle to survive the impact of these endless austerity policies.
I have spoken out many times insisting that Universal Credit must be improved, that payments must increase and that the discriminatory withholding of payment on spurious grounds must stop. I have consistently voted for these actions.