Guarantee the Essentials Campaign has gone to Parliament

6th March 2024

Last week Trussell Trust handed in the petition to the government on Guarantee Our Essentials with over 150,000 signatures! Oswestry and Borders Foodbank want to say a massive thank you to everyone locally who added their signatures to this petition. Thanks to you, our voices are being heard- see below:
“Today is the day! We handed in our petition calling for an Essentials Guarantee within Universal Credit. The petition was signed by over 150,000 people including you. This is such as massive step in our campaign and could not have happened without you, thank you so much.”



© Jess Hurd 28/02/2024 London. PRESS PHOTOS Guarantee our essentials petition hand-in by the Trussell Trust and JRF, Westminster. Photo credit: Jess Hurd

Pictured above: Cass Francis standing with Trussell Trust CEO Emma Revie, actress Charlotte Ritchie, and food banks and anti-poverty charities from across the UK. Photography by Jess Hurd.

“I work at Southend Foodbank and am faced daily with the reality that people do not have enough money to afford the essentials. To know we are supported by you and over 150,000 people is awe inspiring, because it means our political leaders can no longer ignore the reality of what is happening at food banks like ours across the UK. 

Our voices are louder and stronger together. Thank you for continuing to stand with us.” 

Cass Francis 
Communication & Campaigns Coordinator 
Southend Foodbank”  

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