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Theresa May must take action to ensure food shortages and inflation in the event of a no-deal Brexit do not affect vulnerable people, major charities have said. They warn that organisations that rely on supplies, such as food banks and homeless hostels, could be hit by predicted spikes in food prices as donations dry up. Services that feed millions of people, including free school dinners, could also be affected by higher prices.

In a letter written to the Prime Minister, the leaders of 15 charitable organisations, including the Trussell Trust and Church Action on Poverty, have called for the creation of a “hardship fund” for those who could be worst hit by Britain leaving the EU without a deal.

Members of the group have made contact with residents’ associations at other social housing blocks and are calling on tenants to sign up to residents associations to start to amplify their voices.

Asked about the initiative, the housing secretary, James Brokenshire, appeared to be receptive and told the Guardian he wanted to make social landlords more accountable to tenants and was conscious of the “need to increase regulation”.

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source: iNews
published: 7 March

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