As inflation spirals and pushes up the cost of a weekly shop, Labour is demanding the Government sets out its plan to tackle soaring prices and hunger in the UK.
Jim McMahon MP, Shadow Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary, used an opposition day debate in Parliament on Tuesday 8 February to urge the government to focus its efforts on fixing the increasing squeeze on households rather than saving the Prime Minister’s job.
Labour’s motion noted MPs’ concerns over “households bracing themselves for the biggest drop in living standards in thirty years; that the cost of living crisis includes steep price increases in everyday and essential food items, making the situation worse for the 4.7 million adults and 2.5 million children already living in food insecurity and risking more people experiencing food insecurity”.
Labour say the Government is “making the cost of living crisis worse through tax hikes, low growth, falling real wages, and a failure to tackle the energy crisis” and urged ministers to set out a national strategy for food, including how it intends to ensure access to high quality, sustainable, affordable food for all and meet the United Nations goal to end hunger by 2030.
It comes as millions feel the crunch across Britain, with families facing hiked taxes, soaring energy bills and rising inflation.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented:
“My West Lancashire residents are facing one of the biggest financial struggles of a generation with typical household bills set to rise by over £1,000 between the energy price rise, increased council tax and national insurance, stagnant wages and rising prices of food, groceries and fuel.
“Foodbank usage and even the number of foodbanks operating in West Lancashire and across the country are both sadly on the rise so this Government needs to get a grip quickly and ensure those who are going to be hit hardest are supported.
“At the same time, we need to see a clear and sustainable approach to tackling the disgrace of food poverty in this country, and that needs to be lead from the top.”
Jim McMahon, Shadow Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary, added:
“Thanks to the abject failure of the Conservative government, far too many working families are trapped on low wages with little financial wriggle room.
“At a time when inflation is spiralling, the government should be ensuring people across the country are able to buy healthy and good quality food. This can only be achieved by taking a responsible, strategic approach to this complex and increasingly important issue.
“Labour’s plan to keep bills low would cut £200 off most household energy bills, with £600 in total going to those households who need it most – cancelling out almost the entire rise in energy prices.
“The next Labour government would support British business to bolster sustainability and affordability of good quality food as part of our contract to deliver security, prosperity and respect for the British people.”