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Bishops sign End Hunger petition

Bishop Christopher and Bishop John have signed a petition calling on the government to improve the universal credit system to prevent more people going hungry.

The End Hunger UK campaign is calling for improvements to the design of Universal Credit and a long-term commitment to ensure the benefit provides people with an adequate income to afford good food on a regular basis.

More and more families have had to turn to food banks following the introduction of Universal Credit, and are reporting unintended delays, lack of digital support, poor administration, and a lack of flexibility in the system.

In Coventry Diocese, there are 8 Trussell Trust food banks working out of 41 distribution centres, which last year distributed 36,612 three-day emergency food parcels to people in crisis. Many Coventry and Warwickshire churches work hard to help meet the needs of people in their neighbourhoods, however it is important to reduce the need for food banks in the first place.

The petition come as The Trussell Trust reports a 52% increase in food bank use, as well as rising debt, destitution and hunger in areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out.

Both Bishop Christopher and Bishop John encourage people in the diocese to consider signing the petition that will be delivered to the Prime Minister in the lead-up to the budget in November.

You can find out more and sign the petition here -