‘Callous Tory/DUP austerity creating food bank dependence’ - Maskey
Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has expressed anger at the news that the Trussell Trust foodbank had to distribute over 32,000 emergency food supplies over the last year, 13,000 of them for children.
The West Belfast MLA said: “It is shameful that in this day and age so many people, including children, rely on foodbanks.
"The rise of foodbank dependency is the direct result of the Tory government’s attacks on the safety net of social security.
“Sinn Féin secured a £500m mitigation package to protect people from the full brunt of Tory welfare cuts but this hardship can only be completely eradicated when the British Government, propped by the DUP, calls time on its callous austerity agenda.”