The scandal of food poverty

The latest figures from Oxfam, Church Action on Poverty and the Trussell Trust show that food aid charities handed out more than 20 million meals last year to people in Britain.

That’s a staggering 54 per cent increase in one year.

Nearly one million people a year are receiving food aid because they can’t afford to feed themselves.

That shouldn’t happen in Britain today. But it’s happening because of David Cameron and the cost-of-living crisis he and his government have caused.
 
Many are in work but struggle to make ends meet on low pay or irregular hours. Others, hit by the unfair Bedroom Tax, face impossible choices between eating, heating or paying their rent.
 
Even Tory peer Norman Tebbit, who used to think food banks were being exploited by people, now understands how desperate the situation is for those seeking emergency help.
 
He said those people “had fallen foul of the bureaucratic processes of welfare support, leaving them waiting for, or even denied, the cash support to which they were entitled.”
 
When even Tories like Lord Tebbit acknowledge there is a problem under David Cameron, it's clearly time for a change. We live in a great country, but this is a scandal. If you agree, we need you to stand up and say so: action.labour.org.uk/20million

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