This Wednesday (18th December 2013) an Opposition Day Debate will take place concerning the growing use of Food Banks as people struggle with the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.
“Nothing is a clearer indication of the cost-of-living crisis millions of people are facing up and down the country than the unprecedented rise in the need for food banks.
“If I get the opportunity to speak in the debate on Wednesday I will highlight the massive increase in the amount of food banks appearing and the ten-fold increase in users of food banks in the North East. I will also highlight the growing normalisation of food banks appearing in our communities which, I believe, is a scandal in 21st Century Britain and only last week a welfare minister urged local authorities to invest in food banks.
“Ahead of the festive season – as family budgets are stretched to their limits and beyond – I have set up a collection point in my constituency office for those residents who are able to hand in much needed food items. My fear is this will now become a permanent feature.”