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 Statement in response to Marcus Rashford’s Write Now campaign

London, 6 September 2021- Dan Paskins, Director of UK Impact at Save the Children, said: 

“Marcus Rashford is once again putting child poverty at the top of the national agenda through his Write Now campaign. This comes at a crucial time for low income families across the UK, with the vital £20 a week increase to Universal Credit about to come to an end.

“This cut to their incomes will push many more families into hardship and mean that even more children face going hungry this winter. Families both in and out of work tell us that the £20 covers their weekly food shop, and without it, they will have to turn to food banks to feed their children.

“Marcus is absolutely right when he says that instead of reducing social security, we should be focusing on developing a sustainable long-term roadmap out of this child hunger pandemic.

“It’s not right that rising number of children are facing food insecurity and hunger. The government must adopt the National Food Strategy recommendations and make the Universal Credit increase permanent, to ensure that all children have access to the nutritious food they need to grow and develop.”


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