8 Dec 2014

Responding to Feeding Britain, the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the UK, Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said:

'Families are facing a quadruple whammy of depressed wages, a malfunctioning benefits system, cuts to state support and unaffordable bills for energy, food and housing. It’s a national scandal that ever more families are resorting to food banks to feed their children and it’s imperative that this report’s call for action is answered.

'Problem debt is a key reason why families seek support from food banks, so urgent steps must be taken to provide families who are struggling to make ends meet with an alternative to payday loans. All families in poverty must be able to access free school meals and receive help with heating their homes. And the Government must withdraw its threat to scrap national funding for Local Welfare Assistance schemes, which help thousands of the most desperate families cope with crises.'

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Notes to editors

  • Read the Feeding Britain Inquiry's full report.
  • Read our submission to the inquiry.
  • The Inquiry was co-chaired by Frank Field MP and the Bishop of Truro, Tim Thornton, Chairman of The Children’s Society.
  • The Children’s Society has helped change children’s stories for over a century. We expose injustice and address hard truths, tackling child poverty and neglect head-on. We fight for change based on the experiences of every child we work with and the solid evidence we gather. Through our campaigning, commitment and care, we are determined to give every child in this country the greatest possible chance in life.