20% increase in Hull Food Bank use this Christmas

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has encouraged those who can afford it to make a pre-Christmas donation to Hull's Food Banks to help local families in need.

The Labour MP's call comes as Hull Food Bank is expecting more than a 20% increase in the number of local people needing assistance from them in the month of Christmas this year, compared to December 2013.

Hull MP tells Commons about Constituent’s seven month benefit wait

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today told MPs about the hardship suffered by a constituent who waited seven months for his Personal Independence Payment (PIP) application to be processed.

Officially, PIP applications are meant to be processed in a maximum of 74 days.

Diana Johnson MP told the Commons: "My constituent Simon Brown waited seven months for his PIP application to be processed. This delay meant he was also unable to apply for other help such as the additional Housing Benefit that a PIP award allows.

Hull MP names firm in Hull over poverty pay

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today named a firm, with a factory in Hull, over the alleged use of migrant labour to undercut pay for local workers.

Speaking in Business, Innovation and Skills Questions in the House of Commons, Diana Johnson MP asked Ministers: "The Sunday Mirror reported that Greencore, who have a factory in Hull, are recruiting 300 Hungarians to undercut local job-seekers and are also at this time resisting a 6 pence an hour pay increase.