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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:39 pm on 4th May 2020.

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Photo of Emma Lewell-Buck Emma Lewell-Buck Labour, South Shields 3:39 pm, 4th May 2020

Recently the Secretary of State said that she was confident that the system was working. Prior to this pandemic, more than 8 million people struggled to access food, and now a further 8 million households with children have lost their income. With food banks reporting increased footfall of more than 100%, can she please explain what possible grounds she had for that misplaced confidence and her continued justification for the five-week wait for universal credit, the two-child policy and the benefit cap?