Starving mum collapsed in bid to feed her children
STARVING herself to put food on the table for her children left one Gloucester mum in hospital.
The mum collapsed because she hadn't eaten for days, she told a school governor, who was expressing her fears about the rising cost of living.
That is a top concern for shoppers according to top Labour MP Mary Creagh who came to Gloucester's Asda yesterday to speak to people at the store..
Mrs Creagh, shadow secretary of state for food, environment and rural affairs, said: "People are having to make tough choices such as whether to keep a roof over their head or to put food on the table."
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School governor Pat Juby, from Tuffley, told her: "I spoke to a mother who collapsed because she hadn't eaten for two or three days.
"She didn't know what benefits she was entitled to and was just desperate to make sure her children had something to eat.
"It's a very worrying state of affairs."
Mrs Creagh revealed to the Citizen that Labour will announce a raft of new proposals at their national conference next week.
One idea on the table is for a new social tariff to be introduced by energy companies that will help the people most in need.
They also want to force two-for-one supermarket offers to be better regulated. They do not currently fall under pricing regulations, meaning it can often be confusing for shoppers to work out if they are getting a good deal.
The announcement came as Mrs Creagh also made a private visit to the Gloucester Foodbank after learning there had been a 52 per cent increase in the number of people in the city relying on the facility.
Sophy Gardner, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Gloucester, who is a foodbank volunteer, said: "It is a vital crisis support service. It is worrying to see so many people turning to it, but what I am also worried about the people who aren't going to it who could be helped."
Free school meals are to be introduced for all infants in England, it was announced by the Liberal Democrats this week.