Food Banks

Part of Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 5:58 pm on 17th December 2014.

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Photo of Lisa Nandy Lisa Nandy Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office) 5:58 pm, 17th December 2014

The Minister’s warm words and praise for many of the charities running those food banks would be a lot more convincing if his Government had not just tried to gag them to prevent them from speaking out by passing the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014, which we will repeal.

One of the reasons why we have such a problem is that the safety net that those charities campaigned for and that we built during the previous century has been allowed to collapse in this century. What was provided once as a right is now provided as charity. That, in the end, is what lies behind the humiliation facing many of the people forced to walk miles to go to food banks and the gnawing anxiety that they live with daily, not knowing where their next meal will come from.