Stephen has criticised the government after figures released by the Trussell Trust revealed that 1.11 million three-day emergency food supplies were provided in 2015-16 by its network of over 400 church-based foodbanks.

Stephen quoted the figures in an article for Progress. The article was published in the week that the government’s four-year freeze on benefits began. Stephen writes: "The reduction in universal credit equivalent to the tax credit cuts which parliament rejected has taken effect. Since universal credit is set to replace tax credits eventually, Osborne will get eventually the in-work benefit cuts he wanted. Tens of thousands of people who have already switched from tax credits to universal credit saw their in-work benefit cut last week, even though people still on tax credits did not."

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AuthorStephen Timms