West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has slammed West Lancashire Borough Council and said that they should be ashamed that it can allow the food bank that helps to feed hungry families across the area to close whilst it has millions of pounds in the bank!
South and West Lancashire Food Bank currently have been refused help by the Council which will help to keep them open and to continue feeding up to 1000 families across West Lancashire.
The Council makes them an annual grant of £1,130 and charges them a rent of £1094.58 per month.
The Council’s response to this crisis was to reduce the rent from November till March in order for the Food Bank to find new premises. It is disgusting that the Council would rather let the unit remain empty rather than let it to the food bank at a reduced rent. Currently nearly a quarter of the councils industrial units are empty and the food bank would be yet another empty unit.
MP Rosie said:
"The actions of this Council tell you all you need to know about their priorities, and people who desperately need food don't seem to be high on them. In times of such severe need and desperation you would expect that the local council would bend over backwards to help support such a vital local service in any way it could?
“Shame on West Lancashire Borough Council for refusing to help support the food bank. They have the money to do so but refuse to act. It is an absolute disgrace.
“West Lancashire Borough Council has refused to act to help the Food Bank and in turn to help its own West Lancashire residents who are struggling to feed themselves and their family. These families desperately rely on the help and support of the Food Bank to stop them going hungry.”
“On its website the Borough Council states one its values is to ‘put residents first’. This is clearly a joke as they would hardly qualify for an award as good Samaritan of the year”
On 26 January 2012 Rosie brought Mary Creagh MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, to West Lancashire to see the excellent work the Food Bank is doing to offer real help local families in need.