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Rob Flello, MP for Stoke-on-Trent South, has criticised “complacent ministers” who he claims are “presiding over an economic recovery for the few while standing idly by as the poor go hungry,” after a charity released figures showing a 163% rise in the number of people helped by foodbanks. 

Rob Flello MP

Rob Flello, Stoke-on-Trent South MP urge ministers to "act now to ensure the long-awaited economic recovery benefits for everyone".

The Tory-led Government is running the economy in the interests of a privileged elite, not for the benefit of hard-working people and families across the nation.

The Trussell Trust, which attributed more than two-thirds of the 913,138 referrals to benefit delays and changes and low incomes, said that the total was ‘just the tip of the iceberg of UK food poverty’.

According to the Trussel Trust, 83% of foodbanks reported that the sanctioning of people on benefits was causing more people to ask them for help.


Rob Flello MP said: 

“It’s sickening and shows how twisted this Government’s priorities are when it sees nothing wrong in giving millionaires a huge tax cut and doing nothing as hundreds of thousands of people queue at foodbanks.

“It’s like something out of a Charles Dickens’ novel and should not by happening in the sixth richest country in the world and one which supposedly considers the way it cares for its poorest and most vulnerable members as the mark of a decent society.”


While rewarding people earning more than £150,000 a year by granting them a 5p in the Pound Tax Cut, the Tory-led Government is punishing the poor by using financial prudence as a cover to withdraw benefits who need them most.

Rob Flello MP has also said it was right that 40 Anglian bishops and 600 church leaders have signed a letter calling on the Government to take immediate action to tackle what has become a ‘national crisis’.


The Stoke-on-Trent South MP is in full support of an inquiry into food poverty by an all-party parliamentary group, saying:

“Ministers must act now to ensure the long-awaited economic recovery benefits everyone in society.

They should introduce a fairer approach to the administration of benefits, increase the minimum wage, and introduce the Living Wage.”

Rob Flello MP Condemns the Rise in Food Poverty

Rob Flello, MP for Stoke-on-Trent South, has criticised “complacent ministers” who he claims are “presiding over an economic recovery for the few while standing idly by as the poor go...

Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Rugby, Claire Edwards, has pledged that a Labour Government will scrap the Bedroom Tax. Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry MP joined Claire and activists at a campaign event against the Bedroom Tax, highlighting that the unfair tax has hit 817 families and households in Rugby alone.

Claire Edwards and Emily Thornberry

Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Rugby Claire Edwards
Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry and local Labour activists


Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Rugby, Councillor Claire Edwards said:

“Britain can’t afford another year of David Cameron Bedroom Tax. 817 families and households in Rugby have been hit by this cruel and costly tax on bedrooms. It’s time for the government to ditch the Bedroom Tax, if they don’t, then a Labour government will.”


Since David Cameron’s Tory-led Government introduced the Bedroom Tax low-income households have been forced to find, on average, an extra £720 a year. In the West Midlands, 49,363 people have been affected by the tax.

According to the National Housing Federation, two thirds of households hit by the Bedroom Tax cannot find the money to pay their rents and one in seven are at risk of eviction.


Shadow Attorney General, Emily Thornberry MP said:

“Over the past year half a million people have been hit by the Bedroom Tax, forcing thousands into debt for the first time and thousands more to rely on food banks. It’s a cruel, unfair and costly tax which targets the vulnerable, with two thirds of those affected disabled.

“David Cameron promised the Bedroom Tax would save money, but figures in the Budget show the housing benefit bill is rising, not falling, with a huge £1billion increase over the next five years.”

Earlier this year, Employment Minister Esther McVey admitted that the Bedroom Tax “was never all about saving money”, despite the Government repeatedly claiming that it would cut costs.

Figures contained in the Budget have shown the housing benefit bill will continue rising not falling, with an increase of £1billion forecast over the next four years.

Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry joins Bedroom Tax campaign in Rugby

Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Rugby, Claire Edwards, has pledged that a Labour Government will scrap the Bedroom Tax. Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry MP joined Claire and activists at a...

A year after the Bedroom Tax was introduced Stephanie Peacock, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, was joined in Blackheath by Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves MP to call for the Bedroom Tax to be axed.

Rachel and Steph

Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Halesowen and Rowley Regis Stephanie Peacock,
Shadow work and Pensions Secretarty Rachel Reeves MP, and local Labour activists campaigning for the Bedroom Tax to be axed  

Speaking at the event in Blackheath, Stephanie Peacock said:

“The unfair and unjust tax has caused massive hardship to people across Halesowen and Rowley Regis. There are just not the homes available for people to move into so they are forced to pay this unfair tax that disproportionately hits the disabled and vulnerable.”

Rachel Reeves MP said:

“Over the past year half a million people have been hit by the Bedroom Tax, forcing thousands into debt and thousands more to rely on food banks. It’s a cruel, unfair and costly tax which targets the vulnerable, with two thirds of those affected disabled.

"David Cameron promised the Bedroom Tax would save money, but figures in the Budget show the housing benefit bill is rising, not falling, with a huge £1 billion increase over the next five years.

“In Halesowen and Rowley 1,283 have been affected, that’s why one year on since its introduction I have joined Stephanie Peacock’s campaign to axe the Bedroom Tax.”

This protest follows a previous successful protest in Somers Square against the Bedroom Tax last year, where Stephanie Peacock and local Labour members gained 200 signatures petitioning against the unfair policy.

Axe the Bedroom Tax

A year after the Bedroom Tax was introduced Stephanie Peacock, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, was joined in Blackheath by Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves...

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