Official figures from anti-poverty charity, the Trussell Trust, released today (Tuesday) reveal a worrying rise in the number of people reliant on foodbanks in Liverpool Walton.
Responding to the figures, Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram said:
“The need for food banks in the fifth largest economy economy in the world is scandalous. The fact that almost 1.1 million people use them is an indictment of Tory Britain, whose policies continue to hit the poorest the hardest.
“People in my constituency are forced to turn to foodbanks in times of crisis with figures from the Trussell Trust revealing that between April and September 2016, North Liverpool foodbank provided 2,638 three-day emergency food supplies to people of which 974 were for children.
“Benefit delays, sanctions and changes by the Department for Work and Pensions are some of the primary reasons foodbank use is increasing and I will be pressing Ministers to take urgent action to address the growing problem in areas like Liverpool Walton and across the whole City Region.”