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Our response to the King’s Speech

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By Sumi Rabindrakumar, Head of Policy and Research

Many of us are eagerly waiting for the new UK Government to turn its attention to our flawed social security system. In the meantime, the King’s Speech set out some welcome long-term proposals to turn the tide of hunger and hardship.

This is a big set-piece full of pomp and ceremony. It isn’t always the most riveting TV. But this King’s Speech set out some vital steps towards a future where everyone can afford the essentials.

The two main positives were strengthening workers’ rights and renters’ rights.

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New Chair of Trustees appointed

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Natalie Campbell has been appointed as the Trussell Trust’s new Chair of Trustees. Natalie is taking over from Stephen Hicks CBE, who has come to the end of his term as Chair since being appointed in 2017.

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Here’s what needs to change to end the need for food banks

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By Beatrice Orchard, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager

In the last year, food banks in the Trussell Trust network distributed more than 3.1 million emergency food parcels – the highest number in our history.

This is not a new record anyone wanted to set.

These statistics help to shine a spotlight on the extent of hardship facing communities across the UK. This year, as we approach the forthcoming general election, we must also use them to draw attention to the solutions that can finally reverse this horrifying trend of ever-increasing food bank need. (more…)

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Our response to the Spring Budget

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By Rory Weal – Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager

The Chancellor yesterday asserted that his budget would be all about taking the “long-term” decisions. However, what we saw was long-term decisions for some – namely tax cuts benefiting middle and higher earners – but only short-term sticking plasters for those on the lowest incomes, the people most in need of support.

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Talking to politicians about building a future where no one needs a food bank

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Left to right: Event sponsor and Conservative MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP, lived experience speaker, Val McKie, and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Liz Kendall MP. (Copyright Georgie Scott/Trussell Trust)

By Beatrice Orchard – Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Yesterday, we hosted an event in the House of Commons to talk about what is pushing people to food banks, and about the building blocks that are needed to end hunger for good. 

The event brought MPs together with staff and volunteers from our food banks, people with their own experiences of poverty and hunger, and our partners in the charity and business sectors. 

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Thank you for standing with us

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We want to say a huge thank you for your support in 2023.

Our Chief Executive, Emma Revie, reflects on what was an incredibly difficult year for our food banks and how important your support has been: (more…)

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Our response to the Autumn Statement

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By Rory Weal – Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Chancellor’s decision to uprate benefits and housing costs will ease some of the pressures driving people to food banks – but long-term action is needed.

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