Hain blasts cuts after poverty report
PETER Hain has denounced Government welfare cuts after a new independent report claimed nearly five million people in Britain are now living in food poverty.
"It is a worrying statistic that highlights the increasing social divide in Britain, when the poorest households in Britain were found to spend almost a quarter of their annual income on food, whereas the richest only spend 4 per cent," said the Neath MP.
"More and more local families are facing the crunch.
"Significant numbers in low- income jobs are struggling to put food on the table or pay astronomic fuel or petrol bills. So are people losing their jobs."
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Mr Hain said rising food prices were making matters even worse.
"People are now increasingly being forced to rely on emergency hand-outs and are making cheap nutritional choices in order to eat," said Mr Hain.
"While the Prime Minister claims food banks are useful to people who feel they need a little extra food, many people in my constituency are relying on their food bank simply to avoid sending their children to bed hungry."
Neath food bank, he said, had seen more than 1,600 families.