Unite photo opportunity and press release

 

What: Protest at the office of Conservative MP Lia Nici

When: Friday 9th December 12-1pm

Where: The Hub, Freeman Street Market (corner of Nelson Street and Freeman Street, DN32 7DS)

 

Tories steal Christmas for thousands across Grimsby

32,949 people living in food poverty across Grimsby

Lia Nici MP has failed to support her constituents by voting against their interests in Parliament.

Local campaigners will stage a protest outside the offices of Conservative MP Lia Nici to highlight the MP’s failures amid growing poverty and debt in Grimsby.

Research carried out by leading polling company Survation for Unite has revealed the extent of poverty and debt in Grimsby.

21% of residents in Grimsby or a shocking 32,949 people – are living in food poverty, higher than the regional average.

2,363 local residents (27%) have either gone into debt or increased their levels of debt in order to meet the increased cost of grocery items. One in ten Grimsby residents – 15,690 people – are not able to pay their household bills this year.

Meanwhile, Lia Nici MP has failed to support her constituents by voting against their interests in Parliament.  Lia Nici voted against raising the threshold for paying income tax. The local MP opposed keeping the £20 Universal Credit uplift – which affects working and non-working households.

Lia Nici even voted against proper funding of public services and action to tackle corporate tax avoidance. (See notes to editors).

Unite Senior Organiser Joe Rollin said: “Amid shocking levels of hardship and debt across Grimsby, Lia Nici consistently fails her constituents by voting against their interests in Parliament. The level of food poverty in Grimsby is disgraceful. Politicians like Lia Nici should be ashamed of allowing hunger on this scale to grip the community but her voting record shows how she is making things worse.

“Well, the community are taking matters into their own hands. Unite intends to build power in our workplaces and simultaneously organise in our communities. Unite has established permanent bases on the ground in Grimsby to work with workers within their communities to deliver an economy that works for them.”

From workplace to community Unite is driving a UK-wide strategy to help bring change to ‘heartland’ communities following the failure of politicians to act. ‘Unite for a WorkersEconomy’ has begun with a major national campaign across key battle-ground seats up and down the UK, including Glasgow, Grimsby, Hull, Leigh, Barrow, Workington, Morecombe, Derby and Crawley.

ENDS

Notes to editors

    1. Voted against raising the threshold for paying income tax (https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/25865/lia_nici/great_grimsby/divisions?policy=6680)
    2. Voted against keeping the £20 Universal Credit uplift – which affects working and non-working households (https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/job-opportunities-make-up-20-5891786)
    3. Failed to help local Actavo workers resolve a dispute with their employer (https://www.unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2022/february/why-is-lia-nici-the-mp-for-great-grimsby-missing-in-action/)
    4. Voted against proper funding of public services and action to tackle corporate tax avoidance (https://www.theyworkforyou.com/divisions/pw-2020-02-25-35-commons/mp/25865)


The Survation study’s use of MRP analysis allows us to accurately translate survey responses into robust estimates of the number of residents affected by cost of living pressures.  

 

Constituency: Great Grimsby

 

 

 

 

 

In the past month, have you or anyone else in your household Had smaller meals than usual or skipped meals / Been hungry but not eaten /Not eaten for a whole day because you couldn't afford food?

 

21% of residents in Grimsby are living in food poverty.

Which of the following best describes the situation you/your family are experiencing currently in relation to increases in household bills?

10% of residents in Grimsby are not able to pay their household bills this year.

In order to meet the increased cost of grocery items for you or your family, have you gone into debt or increased the level of your debts?

 

27% residents in Grimsby have either gone into debt or increased their levels of debt in order to meet the increased cost of grocery items.



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Unite is the leading union in the UK and Ireland, dedicated to defending and improving members' jobs, pay and conditions. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.