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FOOD BANKS AND FOOD POVERTY

EDM (Early Day Motion) 223: tabled on 11 June 2013

Tabled in the 2013-14 session.

This motion has been signed by 56 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 views with the gravest concern the recent report by the Trussell Trust, the biggest provider of food banks in the UK, that more than 350,000 people turned to their food banks for help in 2012-13, almost triple the number who received food aid in the previous year and 100,000 more than anticipated; believes that estimates put the true figure of those receiving food aid in 2012 at nearer 500,000 when other independent food banks, churches, charities and community groups are taken into account; understands that to meet the sustained demand for emergency food supplies, the Trust itself launched almost 150 new food banks in the last year and is currently approving three new food banks a week; notes that the Trust's own research suggests that, nationally, 45 per cent of all referrals are as a result of benefits problems which include benefit delay (30 per cent) and benefit changes (15 per cent); further notes that a significant causal factor is most likely to be the rising tide of the draconian regime of benefit sanctions leading to destitution, hardship and hunger on a large scale; further believes that this level of food poverty, which shows every sign of growing as further changes to the benefits system take effect, is wholly detrimental to the social fabric of the UK, further marginalising, as it does, the poor, the unemployed and already socially disadvantaged and is incompatible with the functioning of a modern, compassionate society; and calls on both the Government and the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee to conduct an urgent inquiry into the relationship between benefit delay, error or sanctions, welfare reform changes and the growth of food poverty.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 18 June 2013
Blaydon
Barron, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 16 July 2013
Rother Valley
Bayley, Hugh
Labour
Signed on 12 June 2013
York Central
Benton, Mr Joe
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2013
Bootle
Blomfield, Paul
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2014
Sheffield Central
Blunkett, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 2 September 2013
Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 12 June 2013
Blyth Valley
Caton, Martin
Labour
Signed on 12 June 2013
Gower
Clark, Katy
Labour
Signed on 13 June 2013
North Ayrshire and Arran
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 8 October 2013
West Lancashire
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 18 July 2013
Bolton North East
Crockart, Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 September 2013
Edinburgh West
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 18 June 2013
Leyton and Wanstead
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 2 September 2013
Glasgow South West
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 12 June 2013
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Ellman, Mrs Louise
Labour
Signed on 13 February 2014
Liverpool, Riverside
Engel, Natascha
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2013
North East Derbyshire
Esterson, Bill
Labour
Signed on 2 September 2013
Sefton Central
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 18 June 2013
Newport West
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 25 June 2013
Bradford West
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 July 2013
St Ives
Gilmore, Sheila
Labour
Signed on 3 September 2013
Edinburgh East
Glindon, Mrs Mary
Labour
Signed on 13 June 2013
North Tyneside
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 July 2013
Birmingham, Yardley
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 20 June 2013
Jarrow
Hermon, Lady
Independent
Signed on 18 June 2013
North Down
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 8 October 2013
Luton North
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 18 June 2013
Knowsley
James, Mrs Siân C.
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2013
Swansea East
Jowell, Dame Tessa
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2013
Dulwich and West Norwood
Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Labour
Signed on 15 July 2013
Manchester, Gorton
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 June 2013
Manchester, Withington
Lewell-Buck, Mrs Emma
Labour
Signed on 4 September 2013
South Shields
Long, Naomi
Alliance
Signed on 19 June 2013
Belfast East
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 25 June 2013
Brighton, Pavilion
McCrea, Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 17 June 2013
South Antrim
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 11 September 2013
Belfast South
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 20 June 2013
Hayes and Harlington
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 20 June 2013
Gateshead
Miller, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2013
Ellesmere Port and Neston
Riordan, Mrs Linda
Labour
Signed on 12 June 2013
Halifax
Robertson, Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 September 2013
Moray
Roy, Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 19 June 2013
Glenrothes
Sheridan, Jim
Labour
Signed on 16 July 2013
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 12 June 2013
Upper Bann
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 12 June 2013
Bolsover
Walley, Joan
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2013
Stoke-on-Trent North
Watts, Mr Dave
Labour
Signed on 15 July 2013
St Helens North
Weir, Mr Mike
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 June 2013
Angus
Woodward, Mr Shaun
Labour
Signed on 25 June 2013
St Helens South and Whiston

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.