Government risks exacerbating unacceptable levels of child poverty in the UK – Jonathan Reynolds

Jonathan Reynolds MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, responding to the publication of data from the Trussell Trust on food bank usage, said:

“These figures are a worrying sign that as the Covid-19 crisis progresses, families are still falling through the gaps in the safety net, especially as the largest increase was in parcels for children. The government risks exacerbating already unacceptable levels of child poverty in the UK.

“While existing changes to Universal Credit are welcome, the government must take further, urgent action to make sure that no-one goes hungry during the crisis.”

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