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said: "It defies belief that the Conservative led Government has sought to block a fund for the most deprived, that their MEPs have voted against it today and even after it is agreed that they will still prevent Britain's food banks from claiming from it.
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"For the Government to oppose the EU fund saying it is their own job to provide help but equally refusing to do so, is sheer hypocrisy."
Cash to help people suffering extreme poverty across the EU was backed in a vote at the European Parliament but the Government said food aid was better decided nationally rather than by Brussels.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) insisted that taking the funding would mean other schemes missed out and stressed that Britain was not losing the D Rose Christmas 2017
Between April and December last year more than 500,000 people, of which one third were children, received emergency supplies from the 400 food banks run by the Trussell Trust.
"The cost of this Government's anti European ideology, coupled with its bitterly felt cost of living crisis, is literally taking food from the mouths of children."
block would mean British food banks would lose out on 3 million from funds allocated to the UK.
after blocking European cash for food banks
"By taking the cash for other 'immaterial' projects, the Government is only demonstrating how immaterial it is to meeting true need in the country.
But Labour's Richard Howitt, who became involved in negotiating the fund after calls for help from the Trussell Trust charity, said the All Star Adidas Red
Mr Howitt added: "I know from personally Adidas Boost Knit visiting food banks and from working with the Trussell Trust that volunteers, largely from churches, are giving their time freely irrespective of politics to meet desperate need, and I call on the Government to do the same by allowing this fund to be claimed for food aid in Britain.
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