Elizabeth Adams goes head to head with Stratford Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi at 'Breadline Question Time' panel addressing issues around foodbanks, poverty and inequality.
Elizabeth Adams attended a question time style hustings event held by Stratford and Evesham Methodist Circuit, in association with the Trussell Trust.
The BBC-style event was held on June 13th at Stratford Methodist Church, in the aftermath of the publication of a Report by churches and charities detailing the rapid growth in Foodbank users. The panel also included current Conservative MP for Stratford-on-Avon Nadhim Zahawi, Daniel Walton (Labour candidate for West Worcestershire), Anne Danks (Trussell Trust Regional Officer) and Paul Morrison (Methodist Church National Policy Advisor).
Elizabeth highlighted the work that the coalition government had done to simplify the massively over-complicated benefit system that had developed under the last Labour government, but set out Liberal Democrat plans to tackle a number of issues that are currently causing problems for the most vulnerable families. Amongst topics she outlined policy to tackle were benefit delays, removal of crisis loans and low wages. All of these things are contributors to the unacceptable rise in the use of food banks.
Elizabeth also took the Conservative MP to task over high energy bills and the issues for people who currently have to use pre-payment meters.