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MP for Ealing Central and Acton Dr Rupa Huq spent the day with food charity ‘The Felix Project’ at their depot in Park Royal. The Felix Project is a charity which works with food suppliers and charities to reduce food surplus and food poverty.

The charity collects food from supermarkets, wholesalers and other food suppliers, food that is fresh and nutritious, but cannot be sold for various reasons. The food is then delivered free of charge to a range of charities across London who provide meals, snacks or food parcels for their communities. These include the elderly, the homeless, those with mental health issues, refugees and asylum seekers and vulnerable families and their children. The simple aim of The Felix Project is to see good food go to good causes.

Rupa praised The Felix Project saying - “There can be no justification for food poverty in a country such as ours. However it does, and having such a fantastic charity based out of Ealing is a real source of pride, and it was inspiring to see the work they do. The Felix Project is always looking for new volunteers, as they couldn’t do what they do without them. If you can spare a morning, an afternoon or an evening a week, volunteering with them it’s a great way to be a part of them and our local community”

Hilary Croft, CEO of The Felix Project, reflected on Rupa’s visit and explained “It was very encouraging having Rupa come and see our important work in action. We are re-distributing 10 tons of food that would otherwise go to waste every week, and this serves around 12,000 Londoners who need our support the very most. I am delighted that Rupa is championing what we do. It is so important that we start to realise the dual issues of both food surplus and food poverty that exists in our community and that we work together to address it”.

To find out a bit more about volunteering for The Felix Project and supporting their vital work either as a driver, co-pilot or helping to organise deliveries from their Park Royal depot you can read their Volunteering FAQs or complete your details online and they’ll be in contact very soon:
http://www.thefelixproject.org/help-us/volunteer/

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Rupa praises the work of local food charity The Felix Project

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Ealing Central & Acton MP Rupa Huq has joined with representatives of the UK's beer drinkers, pub goers, brewers and publicans to urge the Chancellor to keep pubs afloat in the Autumn Budget.

 

Huq was one of over 50 MPs to add their voice to the campaign, calling on the Chancellor to give serious consideration to introducing an annual £5,000 business rate relief for pubs in England as well as a freeze in beer duty for the rest of this Parliament.

 

Rupa Huq MP said: "Pubs are a force for good in Ealing Central & Acton and across the UK. Pubs are at the heart of our communities and the local economy. Even a teetotaller like me knows that but pubs are struggling under the weight of a growing tax burden, with each paying nearly £140,000 on average in tax every year. In Ealing Central & Acton we have 2 breweries, 50 pubs and the industry supports over 1,280 jobs. These establishments need all the help they can get, which is why I’m asking the Chancellor to do whatever he can to support them in the Autumn budget.”

 

Reviews of business rates across England mean many pubs are being hit with a massive new financial burden, which in some cases could only be covered by them selling thousands of extra pints of beer every year. The Government introduced a welcome one-off £1,000 discount scheme for some pubs in the latest Budget, but more action is needed to keep pubs afloat.

 

Taxes now make up a third of the cost of a pint, and UK beer duty is among the highest in Europe. Recent research carried out by YouGov [1] for CAMRA found that 55% of people who expressed an opinion believe beer duty is too high at 54p per pint. 

 

Huq said: “The £1,000 business rates relief introduced this year has been a valuable lifeline for many pubs but it’s clear this is not enough to secure the long-term future of our valued pubs. I urge the Chancellor to go further and show more support for this important industry”.  

Rupa Huq MP calls on Chancellor to Keep Pubs Afloat

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Dr Rupa Huq , Ealing Central and Acton

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