Ben Lake MP urges Prime Minister to help rural vulnerable with food deliveries


Plaid Cymru’s Ben Lake MP has called on the Prime Minister to support vulnerable people who are stuck in self-isolation and unable to secure food delivery slots in the final PMQs scheduled until at least after Easter.

Mr Lake highlighted the case of constituents who had been in contact, concerned that they could not get access to food deliveries until 16 April. The couple who had been in touch live in a rural area and are taking ‘shielding’ measures due to underlying health conditions.

During the PMQs session, Mr Lake also thanked “health workers, social care workers, teachers, cleaners and everyone fighting this virus on the frontline.”

During Prime Minister’s Questions, Ben Lake MP said:

“Mr Speaker, I would like to convey Plaid Cymru’s thanks on record to all the health workers, social care workers, teachers, cleaners and everyone fighting this virus on the frontline.

“Today an elderly constituent telephoned my office in dismay that she and her husband are struggling for ways to get food. Both are vulnerable, both are self-isolating according to government advice they have been told the next available delivery food slot is April 16th.

“What support can the government offer to ensure vulnerable people in remote and rural areas, such as Ceredigion, are prioritised for food deliveries?”

The Prime Minister responded by noting the volunteers, but said that he would take up the case directly if necessary.

Following PMQ’s Mr Lake said:

“These are exceptional times, and we are seeing unprecedented measures from government, in addition to heroic efforts from people on the frontline.

“People are facing huge pressures, and I understand the anxiety they are facing, but panic buying - and the demand this places on existing services - is restricting access to the vulnerable and those who are self-isolating. Amazing volunteers are already doing what they can to get food and medicine to these people, but we need more action and if necessary government support to ensure that individuals in rural and remote areas are not left behind.

“There are vulnerable people, who are following official advice on self-isolating, that are in danger of running out of basic necessities in the next few weeks if something does not change.”


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