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Midlothian food banks

EDM (Early Day Motion) 341: tabled on 21 April 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 7 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House commends the work of food banks across Midlothian to keep people fed and support communities through this difficult time; applauds the volunteers who run food banks, as well as those who donate to them; notes that the spike in food bank usage across the country signals that the Government has been unable to keep to its word in leaving nobody behind; condemns the Government’s reliance on universal credit to support citizens through the ongoing crisis; notes that the immense strain put on the universal credit system, as well as its inefficiency and long waiting times, has exacerbated the problem of food insecurity during this crisis; and calls for a universal basic income to alleviate these problems by replacing existing means-tested benefits with a flat rate income.