Over the past year Alison McGovern MP has worked on a report and subsequent campaign to tackle poverty in the UK called Making Ends Meet. The report shows how we could end the need for foodbanks – if the Government made essential changes to benefit payments and invested in childcare and mental health provision.
Alison has now written a letter to the new Chancellor Rishi Sunak MP and the Prime Minister to put pressure on them to remove the most harmful aspects of Universal Credit that traps so many people in cycles of poverty. Alison’s letter won the support of 78 fellow MPs, Trade Unions and social policy academics from across the country. The campaign was reported by the Daily Mirror as well.
The Conservatives brought in the two-child limit and the long wait for Universal Credit and Alison and her Labour colleagues passionately believe these measures must end.
Speaking on the issue Alison has said “The Tories have overseen a massive increase in food poverty over the past decade, yet Boris Johnson said he wants the UK to be the greatest country on earth. He has the chance to lift kids out of poverty at the Budget next week – it’s time the Conservatives did the right thing by ending the two-child limit and reducing waiting times for Universal Credit.”