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School holiday hunger

Margaret Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the struggle of many families to stop their children going hungry during the school holidays, said:

“The government must end its state of denial and listen to the stark evidence in this report about the way that the social security system under the Conservatives is pushing so many people into poverty, rather than protecting them from it.

“Something has gone badly wrong when people are being forced to turn to foodbanks, in ever increasing numbers, and well over three million children growing up in poverty live in working families.

“Many families are particularly vulnerable during the summer months, because they can no longer rely on school meals to ensure that their children don’t go hungry.

“The next Labour government will stop the roll out of Universal Credit, end in-work poverty and ensure that our social security system treats people with dignity and respect, to supporting any one of us in our time of need.”