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Petition

Volume 742: debated on Tuesday 19 December 2023

Local Government Funding and Food Voucher Provision

I rise to present a petition on behalf of resident of the United Kingdom regarding local government funding and food voucher provision.

The petition states:

The petition of residents of the United Kingdom

Declares that many families are living in poverty and that the school holidays in particular are a difficult time for families who are struggling to afford to feed their children; further that Coventry City Council has in recent years supported these families through provision of food vouchers over school holidays; further that due to years of real terms cuts to local government budgets, Coventry Council can no longer afford to continue this provision of food vouchers over the school holidays; further that due to years of real term cuts to local government budgets, Coventry Council can no longer afford to continue this provision.

The petitioners therefore requests that the House of Commons urge the Government to provide increased support for local councils so that they can maintain services including cost-of-living support, and specifically for Coventry Council to be given adequate support to continue their provision of food vouchers to families in need over the school holidays including Christmas.

And the petitioners remain, etc.

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