We live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but hundreds of thousands of people here in the UK are going without the essentials we all need to get by.
Anyone’s circumstances can change. Losing your job, needing to care for a sick family member, breaking up with your partner – these are things that can happen to any of us.
That’s why Universal Credit should offer support to anyone in need of help, but right now, it’s not providing enough to cover the cost of life’s essentials, such as food, household bills or travel costs and more people than ever are being driven to food banks.
Emergency food parcels distributed by food banks in the Trussell Trust network have soared to close to 3 million (2,986,203) between April 2022 and March 2023, including more than a million food parcels given to children.
These alarming numbers show that the social security system isn’t protecting people from going without. The significant shortfall between people’s living costs and the basic rate of Universal Credit is leaving people with no option but to seek support from a food bank. This simply isn’t right.
We’re calling on all MPs to take action on this situation and the harm it is doing to people in our communities. We must call for change to make sure they do.
This means calling on the UK government to introduce an Essentials Guarantee in our social security system so that, at a minimum, Universal Credit protects people from going without the essentials.
Together we can send a clear message to all MPs and ask for their support of the campaign.
Please take action now – The Trussel Trust
To support the campaign, head to https://action.trusselltrust.org/nearly-3-million… where you can fill out a templated letter to lobby your MP.