Food banks are collecting for Christmas

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Lots of food banks are collecting at the moment as people are finding things are getting tough as the weather gets colder in the run-up to Christmas. Our Conservative candidate may claim that poverty is falling but more people in High Peak are having to visit food banks and ask for support. I’ve helped thousands of people through my surgeries and tackling poverty will always be one of the top issues on my agenda both locally and in parliament. If you can afford to give anything to support our local food banks please do – there are collection points in our supermarkets and it will make the world of difference to somebody’s Christmas.

 

High Peak Foodbank has reported a ‘huge increase’ in demand for emergency food parcels during the last few months - blaming the roll-out of Universal Credit. The new benefit system - which lumps all payments into one - has been criticised over the five-week wait claimants face for payments after they are enrolled. The news comes after recent figures from the End Child Poverty coalition showed 20 per cent of children in the High Peak were living in poverty.

Buxton Advertiser, 28th May 2019

Ruth George, Labour's Champion for High Peak

“There has never been such a huge difference between the political parties and the future they offer. I want people in High Peak to know that there is a better alternative than a government which is about to close nearly 20 hospitals, cut £3 billion from our schools, plunge over 4 million working families into poverty through their harsh cuts to Universal Credit and refuses to rule out cuts to pension increases or higher tax and national insurance. In contrast, I will promote Labour’s message of long-term investment in public services, fairness for working people, and decent support for pensioners and those who cannot work.”

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