Early day motion 223

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FOOD BANKS AND FOOD POVERTY

That this House views with the gravest concern the recent report by the Trussell Trust, the biggest provider of food banks in the UK, that more than 350,000 people turned to their food banks for help in 2012-13, almost triple the number who received food aid in the previous year and 100,000 more than anticipated; believes that estimates put the true figure of those receiving food aid in 2012 at nearer 500,000 when other independent food banks, churches, charities and community groups are taken into account; understands that to meet the sustained demand for emergency food supplies, the Trust itself launched almost 150 new food banks in the last year and is currently approving three new food banks a week; notes that the Trust's own research suggests that, nationally, 45 per cent of all referrals are as a result of benefits problems which include benefit delay (30 per cent) and benefit changes (15 per cent); further notes that a significant causal factor is most likely to be the rising tide of the draconian regime of benefit sanctions leading to destitution, hardship and hunger on a large scale; further believes that this level of food poverty, which shows every sign of growing as further changes to the benefits system take effect, is wholly detrimental to the social fabric of the UK, further marginalising, as it does, the poor, the unemployed and already socially disadvantaged and is incompatible with the functioning of a modern, compassionate society; and calls on both the Government and the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee to conduct an urgent inquiry into the relationship between benefit delay, error or sanctions, welfare reform changes and the growth of food poverty.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Anderson, David Labour Party Blaydon 18.06.2013
Barron, Kevin Labour Party Rother Valley 16.07.2013
Bayley, Hugh Labour Party York Central 12.06.2013
Benton, Joe Labour Party Bootle 17.07.2013
Blomfield, Paul Labour Party Sheffield Central 13.01.2014
Blunkett, David Labour Party Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough 02.09.2013
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 12.06.2013
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 12.06.2013
Clark, Katy Labour Party North Ayrshire and Arran 13.06.2013
Cooper, Rosie Labour Party West Lancashire 08.10.2013
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 18.07.2013
Crockart, Mike Liberal Democrats Edinburgh West 02.09.2013
Cryer, John Labour Party Leyton and Wanstead 18.06.2013
Davidson, Ian Labour Party Glasgow South West 02.09.2013
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 12.06.2013
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 11.06.2013
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 12.06.2013
Ellman, Louise Labour Party Liverpool Riverside 13.02.2014
Engel, Natascha Labour Party North East Derbyshire 17.07.2013
Esterson, Bill Labour Party Sefton Central 02.09.2013
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 18.06.2013
Galloway, George Respect Bradford West 25.06.2013
George, Andrew Liberal Democrats St Ives 18.07.2013
Gilmore, Sheila Labour Party Edinburgh East 03.09.2013
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 13.06.2013
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 11.06.2013
Hemming, John Liberal Democrats Birmingham Yardley 01.07.2013
Hepburn, Stephen Labour Party Jarrow 20.06.2013
Hermon, Lady INDEPENDENT North Down 18.06.2013
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 08.10.2013
Howarth, George Labour Party Knowsley 18.06.2013
James, Sian C Labour Party Swansea East 17.07.2013
Jowell, Tessa Labour Party Dulwich and West Norwood 17.07.2013
Kaufman, Gerald Labour Party Manchester Gorton 15.07.2013
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 25.06.2013
Lewell-Buck, Emma Labour Party South Shields 04.09.2013
Long, Naomi Alliance Party Belfast East 19.06.2013
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 25.06.2013
McCrea, Dr William Democratic Unionist Party South Antrim 17.06.2013
McDonnell, Alasdair Social Democratic and Labour Party Belfast South 11.09.2013
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 20.06.2013
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 12.06.2013
Mearns, Ian Labour Party Gateshead 20.06.2013
Miller, Andrew Labour Party Ellesmere Port and Neston 17.07.2013
Riordan, Linda Labour Party Halifax 12.06.2013
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 12.06.2013
Robertson, Angus Scottish National Party Moray 02.09.2013
Roy, Lindsay Labour Party Glenrothes 19.06.2013
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 12.06.2013
Sheridan, Jim Labour Party Paisley and Renfrewshire North 16.07.2013
Simpson, David Democratic Unionist Party Upper Bann 12.06.2013
Skinner, Dennis Labour Party Bolsover 12.06.2013
Walley, Joan Labour Party Stoke-on-Trent North 05.07.2013
Watts, Dave Labour Party St Helens North 15.07.2013
Weir, Mike Scottish National Party Angus 18.06.2013
Woodward, Shaun Labour Party St Helens South and Whiston 25.06.2013