Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin slams record foodbank demand in West Midlands

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called for urgent action after new figures reveal a record 93,461 people used West Midlands food banks in the last year, including 35,425 children.

The figures have been released by the Trussell Trust which runs 400 food banks across the UK including 85 in the West Midlands.

Over 900,000 people in Britain have used food banks in the past year. The Trussell Trust reports that many users are in work, with wages no longer guaranteed to be enough to feed a family.

Austin has called on the government to do more to support families that are struggling to feed themselves.

Ian Austin said:

“Food banks like the one here in Dudley and the Black Country do phenomenal work, but this increase just goes to show our out-of-touch government hasn’t got a clue how difficult life is for people at the moment.

“They’re determined to pretend there’s no crisis but they have to face the truth – thousands of families in the West Midlands face a cost of living crisis and the benefits system is in chaos.”

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