Alison McGovern MP

Wirral South

Food banks

There will be a debate this week in the House of Commons on the use of food banks. I will be at the debate, which was called for by Ed Miliband, on Wednesday as I believe this issue is one of the most worrying developments in our country at the moment. I pay tribute to all those who have given their time, or made a donation to help. And it’s important that we look at the underlying causes. The price of food has gone up much faster than other prices, and coupled with pressure on wages, this means stressful choices for many, and the indignity of a foodbank for some.

Many people are facing the heat or eat dilemma at the moment, this is perhaps even more upsetting as we approach the festive season. Whilst people will be contending with the usual stress that Christmas can bring of Christmas shopping and preparing food there will be people who need to rely on food banks to eat as they will be left with no other option.

Whilst the government remain confident on their own economic strategy, people experiencing the cost of living crisis and falling living standards know that times are hard on the back of the government’s economic failure.

Food banks are a stark example of their economic incompetence and wrong priorities. Whilst millionaires were given a tax cut there are people in our country who can’t afford to feed themselves and we hear so often about the use of food banks in the news and the fact that they are needed quite rightly cause people to be both shocked and angry.

Whilst we can be proud of the generous people who donate and the hard work of food bank staff the use of food banks is nothing for the government to be proud of and the issue can’t be ignored which is why I am pleased that this debate is being held to give the issue the sort of attention which it so needs. There is widespread public concerns about their use which is why it is so important to have a debate such as the one happening this week.

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