22 July 2018
Green Party councillor for Guildhall ward, Denise Craghill, has welcomed the unanimous support at the Council Meeting last night for her motion on tackling food poverty in York and called on the Council to ensure that action follows on after the speeches.
She said, ‘I am delighted that all political parties on the Council supported my motion to look at how the Council can take a lead, working with other organisations in the city, to support the number of people in York who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
"I particularly welcome the comments from Carol Runciman, the Executive member for Adult Social Care and Health that she is would like to work with the Greens to progress this issue.
"It is important that action follows on after the speeches and we consider all the options for improving on existing support.’
The motion asks the Council to write to York’s MPs urging their support for a national campaign to persuade the Government to properly measure food poverty in the UK.
It refers to a report from the United Nations that says that up to 17 times the growing number of people who actually use food banks are experiencing ‘food insecurity’ – not knowing where their next meal will come from, not eating in order to provide food for their children or having to choose between food and paying bills.
The motion asks for a report to the Council’s Executive to bring together any local figures on food poverty, to look into how far welfare support and crisis payments in York are reaching those who most need them and to put forward options for further action.