Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson urges Morrisons to suppor

Bill Esterson outside Morrisons' Maghull store


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson is urging Morrisons to support food bank schemes in Sefton Central.
 
Food banks are being set up in East Sefton, Crosby and they are already up and running through churches in Formby.
 
Bill Esterson is calling on Morrisons, which has stores in Maghull and Formby, to give its backing to the local foodbank campaigns.
 
Bill said: "I have been receiving an increasing number of calls from people who are saying they can't make ends meet because they have either been made redundant, because their wages have been frozen or cut over the last two years, or because their benefits have been cut. And that will only get worse now the Tory-Lib Dem Government have pushed through their welfare changes. 

"One disabled constituent I met has lost £14.71 a week from the bedroom tax and is having to pay an extra £34 a month in council tax as the government has cut the amount available for council tax benefit. His story is typical of what I hearing more and more and his family are likely to need help with food within weeks unless there is a change of heart by this government.
 
"So as more and more people find themselves in need, we need to make sure that safeguards, like food banks, are being established to fill in the void being left behind by the government.
 
"Big business in our communities, like our supermarkets, have a social responsibility to the communities in which they serve and in which they make their money.
 
"I know that Tesco and Asda stores have been supporting food banks. I am therefore hopeful that Morrisons will do the right thing and get involved in the food bank campaigns in Sefton Central."
 
Bill said he was encouraged by the number of food banks schemes being set up throughout Sefton Central and beyond.
 
Bill Esterson outside Formby Morrisons store Bill said: "We shouldn't need food banks. This is the 21st Century, not Dickensian Britain. But Dickensian Britain is just where we are as the vulnerable, the poor, the old and disabled are being targeted to pay for the mistakes of the wealthy and irresponsible speculators and senior executives in some of our banks. 

"Tax cuts for millionaires at the same time as people in work on low pay have their tax credits cut and disabled people are hit by the bedroom tax are making life much harder for those in greatest need and show the priority for the government. That’s why the people of Merseyside have to support those who need help now.
 
"We are seeing food banks being setting up in Crosby, in East Sefton and in Formby the churches there are collecting for the needy in the community.
 
"It is testament to the generosity and caring nature of the people in communities throughout Sefton Central that we have people here who are not willing to sit back and allow people to suffer.
 
"I believe big businesses should also play a part in that and that is why I am calling on Morrisons to step in and help out."
 

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