High-profile clergymen and campaigner and author Jack Monroe have handed over a 70,000-strong Change.org petition. The petition, which was stuffed into red lunch boxes to highlight food poverty in the UK, reflected the famous Budget Box.
The campaigners said they were acting to raise awareness of the national scandal of hundreds of thousands of Britons going hungry each day and the petition, part of the End Hunger Fast campaign, called on the Treasury to act on welfare, wages and food markets.
The petition came after data collated by pollsters OnePoll found that 62 per cent of people in the UK believe the Budget should have tackled poverty in the UK. Some 78 per cent of people believe all political parties should work together to combat the rising numbers of UK people having to go to food banks.