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FOOD BANKS AND FOOD POVERTY
EDM #223
Tabled 11 June 2013
2013-14 Session
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.

Signatures (56)

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
18 June 2013
Barron, Mr Kevin
Labour
16 July 2013
Bayley, Hugh
Labour
12 June 2013
Benton, Mr Joe
Labour
17 July 2013
Blomfield, Paul
Labour
13 January 2014
Blunkett, Mr David
Labour
02 September 2013
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
12 June 2013
Caton, Martin
Labour
12 June 2013
Clark, Katy
Labour
13 June 2013
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
08 October 2013
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
18 July 2013
Crockart, Mike
Liberal Democrat
02 September 2013
Cryer, John
Labour
18 June 2013
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
02 September 2013
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
12 June 2013
Ellman, Mrs Louise
Labour
13 February 2014
Engel, Natascha
Labour
17 July 2013
Esterson, Bill
Labour
02 September 2013
Flynn, Paul
Labour
18 June 2013
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
25 June 2013
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
18 July 2013
Gilmore, Sheila
Labour
03 September 2013
Glindon, Mrs Mary
Labour
13 June 2013
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
01 July 2013
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
20 June 2013
Hermon, Lady
Independent
18 June 2013
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
08 October 2013
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
18 June 2013
James, Mrs Siân C.
Labour
17 July 2013
Jowell, Dame Tessa
Labour
17 July 2013
Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Labour
15 July 2013
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
25 June 2013
Lewell-Buck, Mrs Emma
Labour
04 September 2013
Long, Naomi
Alliance
19 June 2013
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
25 June 2013
McCrea, Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
17 June 2013
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
11 September 2013
McDonnell, John
Labour
20 June 2013
Mearns, Ian
Labour
20 June 2013
Miller, Andrew
Labour
17 July 2013
Riordan, Mrs Linda
Labour
12 June 2013
Robertson, Angus
Scottish National Party
02 September 2013
Roy, Lindsay
Labour
19 June 2013
Sheridan, Jim
Labour
16 July 2013
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
12 June 2013
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
12 June 2013
Walley, Joan
Labour
05 July 2013
Watts, Mr Dave
Labour
15 July 2013
Weir, Mr Mike
Scottish National Party
18 June 2013
Woodward, Mr Shaun
Labour
25 June 2013
There are no withdrawn signatures for this Motion