Action for Children comments on Trussell Trust foodbank figures released today

Posted by Media team / Tuesday 24 April 2018 /

Director of policy and campaigns at Action for Children, Imran Hussain, said: “The Trussell Trust’s figures released today suggest more and more parents are struggling to stretch their benefits to cover the cost of meals and unacceptable numbers of children are going to school too hungry to learn.

 “We know from our services working with families and children that the experience of living in poverty affects each child differently. The one unifying feature is that it has a detrimental impact on a child’s life both now and in the future.

“If child poverty figures increase in line with independent projections then we are likely to see many more children relying on food parcels and being left behind at school, more parents struggling to provide a warm and nurturing environment and, ultimately, greater pressure on public services, including local council children’s services, when things go wrong.

“Giving all of our children the best start in life means no parent should ever have to worry whether the rising cost of the weekly shop and falling benefit levels put healthy eating out of reach. The decision to break the link between children’s benefits and the actual living costs was a terrible mistake that ministers must fix urgently.”