Young people’s experiences of food insecurity

Nearly two weeks ago on Monday 7th November a significant Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams from Arfon next to Anglesey at the North West of Wales raised an Early Day Motion with the headline of “Young people’s experiences of food insecurity” and on the next day five other MPs endorsed it. They included another Welsh MP who is an Independent, a Northern Ireland DUP MP, two MPs from Scotland representing SNP and a Independent and there was a Labour MP from London. Since then there has been anothe 10 MPs including Caroline Lucas from Brighton. We clearly need the Government to respond ASAP.

That this House notes recent research carried out by Centrepoint into food insecurity experienced by young people; further notes with deep concern the findings which show that over a fifth of young people say they have missed work or education due to lack of food; highlights with alarm that nearly half of the general youth population in the UK say they have gone to bed hungry in the last 12 months; recognises that under-25s receive a lower benefit rate which makes it difficult to meet essential living and housing costs, particularly for young people without family support; further recognises that this policy makes it difficult for young people to move on from homelessness and puts them at risk of harm, exploitation and abuse; and supports Centrepoint’s recommendation that young people living independently without family support, including care leavers, should be able to claim the adult rate of the Universal Credit standard allowance to help them meet essential costs and avoid homelessness for good.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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