Food Banks

Part of Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 5:48 pm on 17th December 2014.

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Photo of Emma Lewell-Buck Emma Lewell-Buck Labour, South Shields 5:48 pm, 17th December 2014

What I have seen is an increase in the number of soup kitchens in my constituency, because people do not have the equipment in their homes to cook any food.

No matter where in the country we took evidence, we heard the same stories time and again. People were using food banks because of poverty pay, welfare and benefit changes, unfair sanctions and benefit delays.