THOUSANDS OF FOOD PARCELS GIVEN TO LOCAL FAMILIES

1st May 2018

UNIVERSAL CREDIT “CAUSING CHAOS”, SAYS MP

This week, a report from the Trussell Trust has revealed that 3,535 three day emergency food parcels were given to people in North Lanarkshire between April 2017 and March 2018 – 1,062 of which were for children.

The Trussell Trust’s annual foodbank statistics show 1,332,952 three day emergency food supplies were distributed to people across the UK in 2017/18, including 484,026 to children. These figures indicate a 13% increase on the previous year.

According to the Trust, the biggest single, and fastest growing, reason for people attending foodbanks is “low income – benefits, not earning”. The SNP have called on the UK government to reverse the benefits freeze, introduce a real living wage, and end the public sector pay cap, to help ensure families have enough money to live on.

Commenting, Marion said:

“The UK Government is not only failing local families and children, they are actively pushing them into poverty and forcing them to rely on foodbanks. In 2018, this is an utter disgrace.

“Millions of families across the UK are suffering a Tory pay cut – as rising prices, stagnant wages, and cuts to social security continue to squeeze living standards and push households into poverty, debt and crisis.

“The figures from the Trussell Trust show that the problem is getting worse – with foodbank usage rising year on year. Tory policies are making it harder for families to cover even the basic costs of food, housing, and bills.

“It is vital that the UK Government finally takes meaningful action to boost incomes and stops punishing the unemployed, disabled and working poor. This must include delivering a real living wage, ending the public sector pay cap, and reversing the benefits freeze to help ensure families have enough money to live on.”

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