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Highlands MSP Rhoda Grant makes festive plea 'Let’s make this the last Christmas where people go hungry

By Louise Glen

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Highlands MSP Rhoda Grant.
Highlands MSP Rhoda Grant.

"If we have the political will we can make this the last year where people have to go hungry", Scottish Labour has said.

The party is calling on parliamentarians to support Rhoda Grant MSP’s ‘Right to Food’ bill, which would enshrine the right to food in Scots Law.

Commenting, Scottish Labour MSP Rhoda Grant said: "Food poverty in Scotland is at unacceptable levels. The Trussell Trust reported that it has distributed some 84,555 food parcels to people in Scotland between April and September 2021.

"In August, the Food Foundation reported that 10.3 per cent of Scots were experiencing food insecurity.

"With the Tories’ £20 cut to Universal Credit set to push families across Scotland further and further into poverty, Scottish Labour is calling for action to tackle food poverty."

She continued: “There is no reason at all why anyone should be going hungry in a wealthy nation like Scotland.

“The evidence is clear – thousands of Scots are in food poverty and many more are being put at risk due to Tory cuts.

“We simply cannot stand back and allow this situation to continue.

“If we have the political will we can end food poverty in Scotland by enshrining it as a human right in Scots Law.

“This will send a powerful message to the country that we are serious about tackling the scourge of food poverty and force us into action.

“Let’s make this a reality.”

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