Response to All Party Parliamentary Group's report on food banks

December 8, 2014

 

Responding to the APPG’s report on food poverty, Feeding Britain: A strategy for zero hunger in England, Scotland and Wales, Alison Garnham Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

 

“The report is absolutely clear that there is growing hunger in the UK, that tackling it must be a national priority and that fixing the administration of benefits will remove a key trigger for food bank use.

 

“We're pleased this wide-ranging assessment to which we contributed significant evidence makes it clear that no one should be going hungry in the UK today.

 

"The report reinforces the findings of the ground-breaking research from Child Poverty Action Group, Church of England, Trussell Trust and Oxfam on why people use foodbanks published last month. (1)

 

“Today’s report rightly identifies low pay and rising costs as key drivers of food poverty, but the missing piece of the puzzle is that benefits have lost real value too , leaving families increasingly exposed to hunger. (2)

 

“There is now a very strong case for reform of the benefits system so that delays and inefficiencies do not leave families with no money for food for entirely avoidable reasons. The call for a more humane and rationale sanctions regime, where claimants are given clear and sensible information is welcome.”

 

 

Notes to Editors

(1) Read more on CPAG work joint, in-depth study of the reasons for food bank use

(2) CPAG's analysis of uprating decisions on children's benefits over this Parliament is here

  • CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.
  • CPAG is the host organisation for the Campaign to End Child Poverty coalition, which has members from across civil society including children’s charities, faith groups, unions and other civic sector organisation, united in their campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goal of ending child poverty by 2020 is met.

 

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