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JOBCENTRE PLUS AND FOODBANKS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 159: tabled on 07 June 2010

Tabled in the 2010-12 session.

This motion has been signed by 16 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House congratulates foodbanks across the UK, in particular the hardworking volunteers of the Harlow foodbank; regrets the bureaucratic regulations brought in under the previous Government, which prevent Jobcentre Plus staff referring people directly to charities such as foodbanks; sympathises with the many thousands of people entitled to and waiting for benefits who have not been able to be referred directly to a foodbank by Jobcentre Plus, despite the fact that many struggle to feed themselves and their families; acknowledges that the system is broken and that delays in receiving benefits can cause serious problems for families on the breadline, if referral to charities such as foodbanks is not allowed; notes that according to figures provided by the Department for Work and Pensions 37,046 people waited 17 days or more for their jobseeker's allowance in January 2010 and 20,068 waited 22 days or more; further notes that these figures exclude the vast number of people whose benefits are delayed while being re-assessed; welcomes the Government's planned renewal and reform to the welfare system; and calls on the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to consider allowing Jobcentre Plus staff to issue foodbank vouchers so that local families in crisis get the support they need immediately rather than being referred to another agency, thereby delaying the process.

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.