An SNP MP will present a Bill to Parliament tomorrow (Wednesday, 7 June), urging the UK government to publish a plan to end the use of food banks by 2030.
Chris Stephens, MP for Glasgow South, will call for a wide-ranging series of changes to the current set-up, which he hopes will prevent households relying on the charity services.
Mr Stephens has said the Bill, titled ‘Food Poverty Strategy’, would “turbo-charge” Scotland’s plan to end the need for food banks across the UK.
Commenting, Chris Stephens MP said:
“Over the last decade, the need for food banks has grown rapidly, with many now seeing record numbers coming through the doors.
“The Scottish Government has shown real leadership in its ambition to reverse this trend, and my Bill would move us one step closer to being a hunger-free country.
“If Rishi Sunak is serious about tackling poverty UK-wide, he must support this Bill.
“By doing so, we could turbo-charge Scotland’s goal of ending food banks as well as the UK’s.
“However, there can be no doubt that the only way to eradicate poverty in Scotland for good is by ending Westminster control through independence.
“Only then can we begin to build a stronger, fairer, more prosperous country for all.”