As reported by today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has called for ministers to take action to tackle the increasing use of foodbanks in Barnsley following the release of figures by the Barnsley Foodbank Partnership that showed between October 2013 and September 2014 almost 3,800 food parcels were handed out to people struggling to makes ends meet in Barnsley.
Commenting, Michael said, “The use of foodbanks in Barnsley and across the country has risen at a disturbing rate. In the last year the Barnsley Foodbank Partnership handed out just under 23 tonnes of food. It is shocking that so much of the ever increasing need for food aid we see is primarily caused by the actions of the Department for Work and Pensions. Yet ministers have done notheing to tackle the benefit delays and changes which are causing so much of the problem.”