Poverty and the lack of food within families in the UK | Speech

Good afternoon everyone. I have the great honour of presenting for you today at the renounced Oxford Schools Regional Debate Competition.

I have been looking forward to attending this competition since the beginning of this year, and I am deeply enlightened to stand here in front of you all.

The subject matter I will be discussing today is the growing dilemma of poverty and furthermore the lack of food within families in the United Kingdom and its controversies that have split the nation.

I welcome any questions you might have, but please have the patience to hold on to them until the very end of my presentation. I thank you in advance.

Over the last decade, there has been a surge in the number of people in the UK living in relative poverty.

Tens of thousands of individuals and families every year do not even have enough food to go around, and non-state charitable aids like food banks will soon not be able to keep up with the current increase in poverty.

Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest national food bank charity, has published a document revealing a 5,146 percent increase of food parcels distributed in the UK.

Over one decade between the years of 2008 and 2018, the bank network went from 26,000 parcels a year to 1,33 million.

This is the result of the current austerity policies that emerged from the 2010 country welfare system restructuring

which has led to reduced government budget deficits and the total amount spent on welfare. It has become evident that the government has led these austerity policies with an uncaring ethos for the poor in the UK.

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