Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Tory and UKIP MEPs snub help for food banks

Dudley MP Ian Austin has slammed Conservative and UKIP MEPs who failed to back financial support for British food banks.

On Tuesday Conservative MEPs voted against an EU aid package that will provide £3 million to help Britain’s poorest, with UKIP MEPs also failing to back the package.

Over half a million 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.

The vote comes on top of moves from the government to block the funds from being spent on British food banks.

Ian Austin said:

“This just goes to show how out-of-touch Tory and UKIP politicians haven’t got a clue how difficult life is for people at the moment.

“It’s disgraceful to be turning down extra support for food banks in Dudley and across the country that are struggling to meet soaring demand from hungry families.

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

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