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Amber Rudd admits food bank use increase is due to Universal Credit

FOODBANK use has increased due to the universal credit roll-out, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd admitted today.

She said it was “absolutely clear” there had been issues with the roll-out and said people being unable to access money “led to an increase in foodbank use.”

Labour MP Sharon Hodgson had asked about the impact of the roll-out during Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) questions in the Commons.

The co-chair of the Children’s Future Food inquiry said her investigations into families struggling to feed their children showed the roll-out had left them “worse not better” off.

Ms Hodgson said: “It is complex but they’re telling me universal credit is making their situation worse not better.

“Will [Ms Rudd] join me in April at the launch of this report and will she tackle children’s food insecurity as a matter of urgency?”

Ms Rudd claimed: “I am as committed, as she is, about tackling food insecurity, obviously particularly for children.

“I will take an early interest in the report she is producing and I look forward to seeing it.”

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