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How your campaigning support helps Oxfams UK Poverty work

Posted by Ruth Jackson Advocacy and Parliamentary Officer, UK Poverty Programme

23rd Jul 2014

Our recent Below the Breadline report and the subsequent debates that it triggered online and in the media drew a lot of attention to the work that Oxfam does on poverty in the UK. Importantly, it showed how much this issue matters to both the public and policy makers.

Since the report and the campaigning work of supporters we have been engaging with the Government and with MPs of all parties on UK poverty. Oxfam spoke at the Parliamentary event about Breadline Kids, the Channel 4 programme that aired on the day we published our report. This was a really good event, attended by two of the children featured in the documentary, Becky and Cara, who spoke powerfully about their experiences of food poverty. Participating in these kinds of debates is a great way of keeping the issues we work on front of mind for MPs.

Below the Breadline is a part of Oxfam's ongoing work on food poverty in the UK. A year ago, we published a report called Walking the Breadline, which also gained a lot of media and public interest. Following that earlier report, MPs Frank Field and Laura Sandys setting up a cross-party group in parliament to look into food poverty. This group is now holding an inquiry - a key recommendation of the report. Oxfam has submitted written evidence to it, as well as participating in the launch and other events, and our expert staff will be speaking in live evidence sessions. We're working to ensure that the voices of people living in poverty are heard on acted on.

Sometimes it takes a year, or two or three (and sometimes a lot longer!), for us to achieve the changes we want to see. But rest assured - if you wrote to your MP about Below the Breadline, you have helped a vital long term and ongoing effort to ensure decision makers act on the crisis of food poverty in the UK, an issue on which we will continue to challenge all parties to do more to address.

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Blog post written by Ruth Jackson

Advocacy and Parliamentary Officer, UK Poverty Programme

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