End Hunger UK petitions for reform of Universal Credit

Feeding Camden September No 2

End Hunger UK petitions for reform of Universal Credit

End Hunger UK brings together a wide range of national organisations such as churches and charities as well as individuals working to tackle food poverty in the UK.1  The Trussell Trust has been working with End Hunger UK since its inception in 20162 and recently they produced a joint report on the issues with Universal Credit.  The 16-page report “Fix Universal Credit” was launched in the Houses of Parliament on 11 July 2018.  It sets out proposals and policy recommendations for short-, medium- and long-term reforms.3

The End Hunger UK Fix Universal Credit initiative is based on irrefutable evidence from across the UK that the roll out of Universal Credit is currently causing hardship for vulnerable people and putting pressure on emergency food supplies.2,3  To end hunger in the UK the organisation is pushing the agenda with a national petition for government action the vision being that everyone has access to good food and no one needs to go to bed hungry.3

Campaign claims Universal Credit should reflect the real cost of living

The long-term aim is to bring Universal Credit levels in line with the real cost of living3 and to bring to an end a system leaving more people at risk of debt and destitution.  The petition with its powerful message is to be delivered to the Prime Minister at no 10 Downing Street in anticipation of the Autumn Budget in mid-November.  End Hunger UK is calling on the thousands of people who each week use, volunteer or donate to food banks and other food projects to sign the petition and to engage others in the community to sign it as well.1

The Trussell Trust is encouraging foodbank volunteers and others to download the End Hunger UK Petition on Universal Credit.2,4

In a blog on the End Hunger UK web site Tom Say, the Trussell Trust’s new campaign manager, explains why they are supporting End Hunger UK’s call for a reformed welfare system.  The Trust wants “to see a Universal Credit system that protects people from needing a foodbank, instead of pushing them into one.”  The Trust’s network data show that the fastest growing reason for referral to a foodbank is benefit levels not covering basic costs.4

To Fix Universal Credit sign the End Hunger UK petition for UC reform

The full text of the petition5 can be downloaded from the End Hunger UK web site together with the petition itself6 and also the “Fix Universal Credit” report.3  The petition can be signed on line but the organisers suggest it will have a much bigger impact if other people sign it too.

Jean Kilshaw, on behalf of Feeding Camden

1 http://endhungeruk.org/

2https://www.trusselltrust.org/2018/07/26/help-us-make-universal-credit-work-everyone/

3http://endhungeruk.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Fix-Universal-Credit-a-report-from-End-Hunger-UK.pdf

4http://endhungeruk.org/creating-long-term-long-lasting-change/

5http://endhungeruk.org/ucpetitiontext/

6http://endhungeruk.org/ucpetition/

 

End Hunger UK petitions for reform of Universal Credit