Michael Fabricant
Michael Fabricant

Lichfield’s MP has said people on the breadline cannot afford to wait for changes to benefits to come into line with inflation.

Michael Fabricant said he had tabled Parliamentary questions with both Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Therese Coffey.

It comes after the Conservative MP met with volunteers from Lichfield Foodbank over the weekend.

He told Lichfield Live that while the use of such facilities was relatively low in Lichfield, the figure should be even lower.

“I had a very useful meeting with the chair and other volunteers of Lichfield Foodbank on Saturday where we agreed a number of practical steps that can be taken to reduce foodbank usage which while low – around only 0.5% in the city of Lichfield – ought to be lower, if not non-existent.

“In particular, at the foodbank’s suggestion,  I have this morning tabled Parliamentary Questions to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions urging them to uprate benefits immediately in line with inflation rather than in the Autumn which is the usual time for such changes. 

“I believe this is necessary as the rate of inflation due to the war in Ukraine and the embargo on Russian oil has caused world grain and fuel prices to soar.  People on the breadline cannot afford to wait until later this year.

“I will also be taking other steps and look forward to working with the foodbank as and when the need arises.”

Michael Fabricant

Mr Fabricant has previously called for people not to weaponise food banks.

He said global figures on the use of such facilities showed that the issue was not national or political one.

“Foodbanks exist worldwide and I now understand there are over 2,000 food banks in Germany – the richest nation in the EU – alone.

“So I think it important not to politicise foodbank usage. MPs of all parties should be able to work together on this. 

“In the meantime, I encourage everyone to donate non-perishable goods at their local supermarkets and I congratulate those volunteers who work at food banks.”

Michael Fabricant

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  1. I see he’s sticking to the party lie that current cost of living crisis is entirely down to Ukraine and nothing to do with 12 years of Tory rule despite all upward trends starting well before even the threat of the war. Also he recommends raising benefits less than a week after the chancellor stated categorically that it was not possible.
    An empty gesture from an empty man.

  2. Whilst ignoring the fact that Covid has had only half the impact on prices as Brexit.
    What happened to the promise that food would be cheaper when we left the EU?

    Preferring to see the UK burn rather admit he was wrong is not helpful.

  3. Fabricant blaming Ukraine war and resulting fuel prices on need for food banks? Pffft.
    The guy is deluded, yes on many levels he is, but anyway, political decisions both domestically and globally, together with mega gaslighting on the uk electorate by the right wing post brexit have also helped to bring us to this point.
    Why do people affected negatively by Tory idiocy still vote tory? I guess because they’ve been sold the magic Tory word ‘woke’ and that’s all that matters to these gullible people.
    Wake up for crying out loud, this govt sees us all as idiots. At least I’m aware of it 🙄

  4. This thing has perpetually voted to decrease the standard of living along the party line. He has no care of the consequences, only that he benefits ‘career’ wise from his choices. And he still isnt good enough to become a front-bencher. This man does not represent his constituents, only himself

  5. Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey repeats his call for workers to “reflect carefully” about taking a pay rise amid concerns it could fuel inflation but says “everyone must make their own judgement”.

    MPs will get a £2,212 pay rise on 1st April, this 2.7% rise will come in the same week that millions of workers see their wages hit by an increase in National Insurance contributions.

  6. Is there no one out there that supports this mans views? Surely there must be! I wonder why you don’t speak up for him?

  7. The last time I remember him asking a question he was asking why the UK hadn’t left the Eurovision Song Contest at the same time as leaving the EU. That’s about his level.

  8. So, our MP, in spite of proudly telling us that he has asked the Chancellor to bring forward increases in benefits, has voted against the introduction of a windfall tax on oil companies which would have helped with the funding.

    Finding your conscience didn’t last long, Michael. I guess it lost out to your quest for a knighthood.

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