Are they relying on Santa Claus to deliver?

This is a time for goodwill to all – but that does not seem to stretch to Tory ministers inflicting yet more cuts to welfare and public services.

The latest report from the charity Trussell Trust shows that food banks are being stretched to breaking point this Christmas after nearly six years of Tory austerity.

The network just cannot cope with the demand, with requests for emergency food up by nearly 14,000.

Between April and September this year, the Trussell Trust handed out 506,369 emergency food packages – which last three days each.

December always proves to be a month of high demand for food banks – last year requests rose by over 50 per cent during Christmas.

The Department for Work and Pensions denied all links between government austerity policies and the growth of food bank usage. That is like denying that floods are caused by rain.

The Tories say 40 per cent of the welfare budget is spent on the unemployed; in fact, only 1.5 per cent is spent on the unemployed.

What sort of world do government ministers live in? Maybe they are relying on Santa Claus to deliver.

Decent people must give a little thought to those thousands of people who will be relying on food banks this Christmas.

However, despite the above, I would like to wish all my constituents, even those who do not vote for me, a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.