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The Trussell Trust responds to information about next stage of Universal Credit

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Last year, the Trussell Trust’s food bank network campaigned for critical changes to the next stage of Universal Credit to prevent more people needing food banks as a result of moving over from the old benefits system.

The Work and Pensions Committee has published a letter from the Secretary of State for the Department for Work & Pensions, Amber Rudd, responding to Frank Field with information about the next stage of Universal Credit and confirming the plans laid out by the department earlier this month.

Garry Lemon, Director of Policy & Research at the Trussell Trust, responds,

“Our network of food banks were at the forefront of calling for critical changes to the next stage of Universal Credit, and it’s encouraging to see the government is listening. It’s good news that people receiving severe disability payments won’t move onto Universal Credit and face a drop in income, and dramatically scaling back the number of people moving over from the old benefits system this year should make time to ensure Universal Credit can support anyone who needs its help.

“A real difference has been made for thousands of people – but there is much more to be done. These changes won’t help the millions of people expected to make a new application to Universal Credit this year. That’s why the next step must be for the government to end the five week wait to make sure no one waiting for Universal Credit is forced to a food bank.”

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Contact the Trussell Trust’s media team on 020 3137 3699 or press@trusselltrust.org

Notes to Editor 

The Trussell Trust’s report from October 2018, The Next Stage of Universal Credit, can be read here.

About The Trussell Trust:

  • The Trussell Trust is here to end hunger and poverty in the UK. We support a network of 428 food banks, operating out of more than 1200 centres across the UK.
  • It takes more than food to end hunger. We do three things: support our network to provide emergency food to people referred; help food banks provide additional support to resolve the cause of food bank referral; and bring together the experiences of hundreds of communities on the frontline to challenge the structural issues that lock people in poverty. We’re campaigning for long-term change so we can see a future without the need for food banks.
  • Read more at www.trusselltrust.org
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The Trussell Trust responds to Environmental Audit Committee’s report

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The Environmental Audit Committee’s new report, Hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity in the UK, finds:

  • Food insecurity is significant and growing in the UK, with levels among the worst in Europe, especially for children
  • Government has failed to recognise and respond domestically – and has allowed these issues to ‘fall between the cracks’
  • Minister for Hunger should be appointed to ensure cross-departmental action

As part of its work with the End Hunger UK campaign coalition, The Trussell Trust submitted evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee.

Responding to the conclusions of the Committee, Emma Revie, chief executive of The Trussell Trust, said:

“We fully support the Committee’s call for a Minister for Hunger and a measurement of food insecurity. A failure to address the root causes of poverty has led to soaring need for food banks, with more than 1.3 million food parcels provided to people by our network last year. It’s not right that anyone in our country faces hunger, and it’s not inevitable.

“It’s time for the government to take concrete steps towards a UK where everyone has enough money for food. Although food bank volunteers are providing vital support to those in crisis, no charity can replace people having enough money for the basics. To end hunger, we need to understand the true scale of the challenge, and work across government to ensure everyone is anchored from being swept into poverty.”

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About The Trussell Trust:

  • The Trussell Trust is here to end hunger and poverty in the UK. We support a network of 428 foodbanks, operating out of more than 1200 centres across the UK.
  • It takes more than food to end hunger. We do three things: support our network to provide emergency food to people referred; help foodbanks provide additional support to resolve the cause of foodbank referral; and bring together the experiences of hundreds of communities on the frontline to challenge the structural issues that lock people in poverty. We’re campaigning for long-term change so we can see a future without the need for foodbanks.
  • Read more at www.trusselltrust.org
Read more