Having seen first hand the good work done by such facilities; I am pleased to hear that a local church is opening another food bank in Barnard Castle so they can help those in need.
However, in 21st century Britain, it saddens me that North East food banks were accessed nearly 60,000 times last year. Even worse is the fact that many people visiting food banks are in employment yet aren’t earning enough to support themselves or their families.
We must tackle unemployment, getting people into work so they can support themselves and have a better quality of life. Then we must make sure that these jobs pay enough for people to be able to look after their families. One way to do this is by taking everyone earning the minimum wage completely out of income tax.
Regardless of how distasteful it might be that they’re needed in the world’s 5th-largest economy, I urge people to support their local food banks. They do a fantastic job and help many of the most vulnerable people in our society.
Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East