Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson brings together a partner

Bill Esterson

 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson is bringing together a partnership of East Sefton community groups, local Labour Action Teams, churches and local people to work on establishing a foodbank to help the area's needy.

Bill is already setting up an initial meeting with St Luke's Church from Crosby and Crosby & Blundellsands Labour Councillors who have been instrumental in setting up a foodbank for the western end of the borough.

He hopes the scheme can be replicated to help people in need in Maghull, Lydiate, Aintree and Melling.

Bill said: "I am hearing about people from throughout Sefton Central who are in need of help. People whose benefits are being cut and they are finding it difficult to make ends meet.

"Families who are struggling to feed their children. Working people whose wages aren't rising in line with the cost of living.

"It's an issue which is being replicated throughout the country. That's why in the past two years we have seen the biggest ever rise in foodbanks.

“Local churches in Crosby are working with Labour councillors to set up a foodbank to help local people who are finding themselves in need.

"It's a model which I and my Labour colleagues would like to replicate in East Sefton.

"So I am arranging a meeting with the key organisers in Crosby to see how we can replicate their work."

Bill hopes that local churches, community groups and activists will come forward to set up and run the foodbank scheme.

Bill said: "People are finding things very tough. Fuel prices have rocketed. Food prices are soaring. The cold weather is here and people are making the day-to-day decision of eating or heating. That's a decision which people should not be forced to make in the 21st Century. But that's a decision which people are having to make right here in Maghull, in Lydiate, in Aintree and in Melling.

"I have spoken to Maghull Town Councillors and local Sefton borough councillors who share my concerns. We want to take action. And I am sure other people in East Sefton, people who can help us make a difference, feel the same and will want to come forward to set up a foodbank to help people here.

"This is the early stages, but I will be approaching groups over the coming days and months. Anyone who would like to get involved can contact my office for further information.

"I don't want anyone in Sefton Central not to have access to help when they need it. This Tory-Lib Dem Government may be willing to leave people to suffer in silence, but I most certainly will not.

"That's why I want to bring together this partnership over here to provide the help and care for people who need it most."

If you would like to help, you can get more information by contacting Bill Esterson's office on 0151 531 8433.