Food Banks

Part of Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 6:07 pm on 17th December 2014.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Public Health) 6:07 pm, 17th December 2014

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A family in my constituency have been waiting since August to get their tax credit application processed, and they are having to live on food bank vouchers because they have nothing to eat at home. I pay tribute to James Sloan and those at Central Liverpool food bank who do such an excellent job in providing people with support, and the volunteers who give their time to collect food, the people who donate very generously—in Liverpool, we have had one of the most generous supermarket collections anywhere across the country—and the people who give their time to listen and to provide a cup of tea.

However, I reiterate that we should not need those volunteers. We should not need the hundreds of food banks. We should not have 1 million people having to access emergency food aid. It is a disgrace that over 23,000 people—