Ticking time bomb claim over food banks
SWANSEA MP Sian James has warned that the City's food banks represent a ticking time bomb.
"And I don't know where it's going to end," said the Swansea East MP during a Parliamentary debate.
"There are many fearful people out there."
She urged the Coalition to come up with "a solid plan to get us out of this mess", saying the situation would not improve without direct Government intervention.
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Her comments came as Labour MPs expressed concern about the growing use of foodbanks in Wales. The number of Welsh people relying on the centres, which distribute free food to those on low incomes, has trebled in the last twelve months, with nine new foodbanks opening in Wales alone.
Ms James, who has helped distribute food in her constituency, said that due to an increase in those needing help, the foodbank in Swansea East had had to "stretch right across the city".
She told MPs: "A measure of any good society is how we look after its weakest, poorest and most vulnerable and I'm ashamed to say we're not doing a very good job.
"Over Christmas we distributed two tonnes of food…with the help of a concerted effort in Swansea we managed to help people over that period."
Swansea West MP Geraint Davies argued that Government policy was "building up a time bomb of problems in our communities". He added: "The Government is taking money out of the pockets of the poorest."
But the Government claims the number of foodbanks rose more quickly under the previous Labour government.
Last month a spokesman for the Prime Minister said benefits were set "at a level where people can afford to eat".He added that foodbanks were the "right place for people who feel that they need a bit of extra food".