Saturday, May 25, 2019

Food banks

Victorian diseases savage Britain as thousands are pushed to foodbanks

Thousands admitted to hospital for medical conditions linked to malnutrition.

‘Benefit levels must keep pace with rising cost of essentials’ – Trussell Trust

Universal Credit blamed for record numbers of people turning to foodbanks.

Call to end benefits freeze as record numbers turn to foodbanks

"There should be no higher priority than ensuring all UK families can afford to put food on the table when their children are hungry.”

More than a third of low-income parents skip meals as austerity hits working poor

Poll reveals the "desperate choices low paid families have to make", as UK Government is urged to adopt the "real Living Wage".

Charity calls for £15m fund to tackle UK hunger by preventing food waste

Figures show that just 17,000 tonnes of the 270,000 tonnes of edible surplus food in the supply chain is redistributed annually to charities.

Benefit delays leave hundreds of thousands penniless and reliant on foodbanks

DWP failed to meet its own target of processing new benefit claims within ten days on 214,000 occasions last year, new figures show.

SNP MSP calls on big six to back energy credit foodbank scheme

'People should not be left without food, heating and electricity because of cruel Tory policies', says Christina McKelvie

Millions face another year of falling wages and growing poverty

Chancellor Philip Hammond compared to Ebeneezer Scrooge as SNP call for an end to Tory cuts.

May accused of ‘callousness’ over plight of homeless families

Labour MP says prime minister’s defence of using temporary accommodation to house thousands of children is appalling.

Tories ‘turning a blind eye’ to rising foodbank use, says SNP

Department for Work and Pensions admit it does not collect data on the numbers of foodbank users.

Foodbanks warn of ‘busiest Christmas ever’ as charity issues urgent appeal

Demand for emergency food parcels is expected to spike over the festive period and continue into the New Year and beyond.

New universal credit claimants ‘will get no money before Christmas’

Peabody Trust says 42-day wait means 60,000 households, with over 40,000 children, will receive no income until after festive season.

Six-week wait for universal credit set to be reduced

Government preparing to trim wait for new benefit after Tory backbenchers raised concerns about impact on constituents.

Tory welfare cuts ‘the driving force’ behind rising food poverty, says SNP

Chancellor Philip Hammond urged to use his Autumn Budget "to reverse seven years of Tory austerity".

Food banks warn of struggle to cope this Christmas due to universal credit

Trussell Trust says six-week wait for first payment of benefit will lead to soaring demand for help from families this winter.

Work and Pensions Committee publishes ‘damning’ Universal Credit evidence

Committee Chair Frank Field MP highlights 'damning' new evidence showing DWP 'maladministration' is driving Universal Credit claimants to food banks.

Tory MP who chose football over universal credit debate ‘should donate earnings to food bank’

SNP say Tory MP Douglas Ross let down his constituents and should donate his nights earnings from refereeing to his local food bank.

Jacob Rees-Mogg: increased use of food banks is ‘rather uplifting’

Tory grassroots leadership favourite says rise is due to previous Labour government not telling people charities existed.

‘There are children out there starving’, says foodbank

Flaws in the welfare system are leaving children and their families hungry and at risk of starvation, a Cornish foodbank has warned.

‘Austerity causes a lot of suffering’: record number of food banks report stock shortage

Trussell Trust, Britain’s biggest food bank network, says supplies dwindling this summer as welfare sanctions bite.

How Scotland is putting a stop to period poverty

A pilot scheme giving away sanitary products through food banks aims to help low-income women and break down taboos.

Half of children needing summer food bank support are in primary school

Under-fours made up 27% of the children receiving emergency food supplies last July and August, Trussell Trust research shows.

Biggest ever study of food banks warns use likely to increase

Oxford University research finds that poverty and hunger are all too real for a growing number of British people.

Public service workers cutting back on food and turning to food banks

Theresa May urged to give public service employees and 'long overdue' pay rise, as survey shows many are struggling to make ends meet.

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