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This is what Adam Shallcross says:
December 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm
What they actually voted against was the motion moved by Maria Eagle:
Maria Eagle (Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Garston and Halewood, Labour)
I beg to move,
That this House notes that the number of people using foodbanks provided by the Trussell Trust alone has increased from 41,000 in 2010 to more than 500,000 since April this year, of whom one third were children;
further notes that over the last three years prices have risen faster than wages;
Further notes the assessment of the Trussell Trust that the key factors in the rising resort to foodbanks are rising living costs and stagnant wages, as well as problems including delays to social security payments and the impact of the under-occupancy penalty;
Calls on the Government to publish the results of research into foodbanks commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Ministers promised would be made public in the summer of 2013;
And further calls on the Government to bring forward measures to reduce dependency on foodbanks, including a freeze on energy prices, a water affordability scheme, measures to end abuses of zero hours contracts, incentives to companies to pay a living wage and abolition of the under-occupancy penalty.
As usual in our parliamentary system our elected representatives voted mainly along party lines. Sadly the motion was phrased in such a way as to make this a certainty – the suggestion of a freeze on energy prices and an end to zero hours contracts ensued that that the vote would go as it did despite many on the Government benches praising the work of Food Banks. That the Minister left the chamber before the end of the debate was appalling.
You can read the whole debate at:
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