Jason Manford has said the Government’s approach to increased use of food banks due to the UK’s cost of living crisis is “a mess”.
He, the 41-year-old comedian, is set to release a Christmas single and a new album to support the Trussell Trust charity, which works to end the need for food banks in the UK.
Speaking to PA news agency about the sharp increase in the number of families relying on food banks, Manford said: “It’s just a mess, isn’t it?
“I would say that the evidence shows that they are [the UK government] The deal didn’t go so well, with 360,000 new families having to use food banks for the first time this year.
“Surname [the government] kind of like saying, ‘Oh, we don’t have the money for this’, but then you found a lot of money to give your friends to come up with PPE or whatever, and that failed. lose.
“And that is the problem, the hypocrisy of it.
“It was really annoying. When it comes to people having to use food banks and having to do these things, it shouldn’t happen and I don’t understand – if I were a politician, I would be embarrassed.”
Manford Assembly Bangers: The Album’s new album, scheduled for release on December 16, will raise funds and awareness for the Trussell Trust’s first large-scale emergency call to ensure that banks Food stores can continue to support families in need this winter.
When you have to rely on Marcus Rashford to convince the Government to feed the children, what the hell is going on?Jason Manford
The album features many popular school compilation songs including This Little Light Of Mine and He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands, following the success of his charity single Assembly Bangers, released last month.
Speaking of his decision to release a record, following the success of Assembly Bangers as an upbeat finale segment of his Like Me UK tour, with support from the Trussell Trust, Manford said: “It was. is one of those charities that let me down because it shouldn’t be a charity, it’s not needed in the 21st century, in a First World country, or in any country but certainly not in the UK.
“People are working full time and still have to use food banks. It’s brutal…
“So if there’s a way I can help them… This song is a little bit fun and a little bit nostalgic and a little bit nostalgic, but there’s also a pretty good reason that people will raise money for those who need it at this critical time.”
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Manford’s release comes as social media star Ladbaby – whose real name is Mark Hoyle – has teamed up with MoneySavingExpert’s Martin Lewis to release a remake of the Band Aid song Do They Know It’s Christmas? called Food Aid, also to raise money for the Trussell Trust, as well as the Band Aid Trust.
Reflecting on his and Hoyle’s fundraising efforts, Manford told PA: “It’s not our job, you know? It would be great if we raised money to send hospice kids to Disneyland or sort out a bunch of PlayStations for the hospital ward, things that are a bonus or a good thing… Not to feed everyone. People.
“When you have to rely on Marcus Rashford to convince the Government to feed the children, what the hell is going on?”
The medley – Christmas Assembly Bangers – will also be released as a Christmas single alongside Manford’s album.
With Little Donkey, Oh Christmas Tree, Deck The Halls, It Was On A Starry Night and Hark The Herald Angels Sing, all proceeds will also be donated to the Trussell Trust.
Assembly Bangers: Album will be released on December 16.
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