Monday, 8 December 2014

Report urges ministers to tackle “hungry Britain”

A church-funded report by an all-party group of MPs has urged all political parties to confront “the simple but devastating fact that hunger stalks this country”. The report, which is backed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, calls for a range of initiatives to tackle "hungry Britain", including a national network of state-backed food banks, the adoption of a fairer, speedier and less punitive benefits system, the introduction of a national living wage, and a clampdown on "rip-off" phone, energy and personal credit charges. According to the report’s authors, many families are being driven to food banks because of failures in the welfare system.

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