Luke Pollard MP Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport
The Conservative Government showed its lack of compassion yet again this week when images of the utterly inadequate food parcels given to struggling families circulated online.
The provisions provided to families caused public outcry, as households were expected to live off parcels consisting of not much more than a loaf of bread, a few bits of fruit and vegetables, some cheese and some yoghurt for 3 to 5 days. The food contained in each parcel was calculated to have cost just over £5, despite the Government giving the private company that sourced the food £30 per household.
The fiasco is yet another example of the Government’s inability to outsource efficiently and cost-effectively. It highlights the Conservatives’ lack of empathy and care towards struggling families, many of whom have seen their income slashed during the pandemic.
Commenting on the matter, Luke said:
“The Government needs to give families food vouchers, rather than outsourcing to private food companies, so that children can get the nutrients they need to learn and grow.
“Having been found wanting on free school meals during school holidays, it seems Ministers still have not learnt. Ministers have to do better when there are so many families really struggling at this time of national crisis.”