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Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) responds to new figures on food bank use

Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) responds to new figures on food bank use


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Responding to the Trussell Trust’s newly released figures on food bank use, a spokesperson from Class said:

“The new Trussell Trust figures detailing a further rise in the use of food banks are worrying indeed.

“No government will successfully tackle the problem of hunger in the UK until there is an acknowledgment that its primary cause is welfare reform and low wages. In 2013-14, low income was the second-biggest reason for referral to a food bank after benefit sanctions. There is no reason to think this has changed.

“Britain is one of the richest countries in the world and it is well within our means to prevent hunger. But doing so means being honest about the causes of hunger and implementing policies that address those causes effectively – that includes accepting when policies, such as the current welfare reforms, are not working.”

Class policy positions on welfare reform can be accessed here.

Class policy positions on work, pay and trade unions can be accessed here.


Notes to Editors:

1. The Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) is a new think tank established in 2012 by Unite the Union, GMB and the Institute of Employment Rights to act as a centre for left debate and discussion and has the growing support of a number of trade unions including ASLEF, BFAWU, CWU, GFTU, GMB, FEU, Musicians' Union, NUM, NUT, PCS, PFA, TSSA, UCATT, UCU and Unite the Union.  Originating in the labour movement, Class is working with a broad coalition of supporters, academics and experts to develop and advance alternative policies for today.

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