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A report for the Trussell Trust shows that the two main drivers of food bank use are ill health and problems with the benefits system, it was revealed today. A key problem is being turned down for disability benefits.

Over the last five years, the number of emergency food parcels provided to people in crisis by food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network has increased by 73%.

The State of Hunger report, researched and written over the last year by staff at Heriot-Watt university, found that people referred to food banks:

  • are very likely to have health issues – with nearly 75% reporting at least one health issue,
  • have problems with the benefit system, with over two-thirds reporting issues with the system in the last year,
  • have an average weekly income after housing costs of just £50,
  • cannot afford to buy the absolute essentials that we all need to eat, stay warm and dry, and keep clean – with 94% facing real destitution

Key benefits problems were:

  • being turned down for disability benefits,
  • a reduction in the value of benefit payments,
  • being sanctioned,
  • delays in payments like the five week wait for Universal Credit.

The Trussell Trust are calling on people to join the campaign to end the five week wait for Universal Credit.


#2 ben 2019-11-27 14:45
I truly belief not only food banks there are also other scenarios linked to benefits cuts over the last 10 years domestic violence in wales trebled know up 84% homelessness I have never seen it so bad knife crime drug problems with youngsters in the uk disabled people being treated like lepers it's mostly benefit related to mind it's just endless I have been around a long time
+5 #1 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2019-11-06 16:00
Solution to this, is not to vote Tories at the coming General Election on 12th December 2019.

History has shown and proven over the last nigh on 10 years how the Tories have inflicted poverty and hardship on our venerable people in society.

So it's no wonder food banks are on the ever increase, Tories know this see this, but still don't react on this.

Austerity is not a necessity in Britain, it's a political choice. And that Tory choice will never cease as long as they have power.

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