Rachel Reeves MP

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

Jack's Petition: Rise in Use of Foodbanks

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Rachel joined Maria Eagle MP in accepting Jack Monroe’s petition calling on the government to debate the causes of hunger and the rise in the use of foodbanks across Britain.

Over 130,000 people have now signed the petition, triggering an Opposition Day Debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday, 18 December.

 

Rachel said, "It’s an incredible achievement by Jack Monroe and those who have backed the campaign, particularly the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror, to have signed up over 130,000 people in support of a debate on food banks in Britain’.

Sixty thousand people face the prospect of going hungry this Christmas, 20,000 of them children, and around 350,000 people have received at least three days of emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks in the last year. That represents close to a threefold increase since 2011-12.

Rachel explained, 'Under this Tory-led government thousands of hard-pressed families hit by unfair measures like the bedroom tax, are having to rely on food banks to make ends meet, while Cameron and Osborne give tax cuts to millionaires.

'On Wednesday we have secured a debate in the House of Commons to speak up for those who are finding it hard to cope and to call on the government to tackle rather than fuel the cost-of-living crisis."

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