Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Food banks

Anger after Tory MP claims ‘food parcels are sold or traded for drugs’

Another Tory MP claimed school meal vouchers were "effectively" a cash payment to brothels and drug dealers.

PM rejects Marcus Rashford’s petition to extend free school meals – but England star vows to fight on

A defiant Rashford has refused to back down, saying no child should be going hungry.

Calls for stronger welfare support as food banks warn of surge in demand

Food bank use expected to rise by 61% due to the impact of coronavirus.

Unpaid carers twice as likely to have used a food bank during lockdown

"The Government must acknowledge the impact the pandemic is having on carers’ finances."

Coronavirus: Food banks swamped with requests for emergency food aid

Demand for emergency food parcels has reached unprecented levels as COVID-19 ravages already struggling communities.

One in five UK households with children go hungry during Covid-19 lockdown

UK Government facing mounting pressure to strengthen the social security safety net.

81% surge in foodbank use sparks calls for a stronger welfare safety net

Coalition of charities call for a 'Coronavirus Emergency Income Support Scheme' to help protect low-income households.

Food banks forced to close their doors over Coronavirus fears

Campaigners fear that low-income households will be left without food and put at greater risk of becoming a victim of Coronavirus.

Public generosity to food banks must be met with changes to Universal Credit, says Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust has called on the UK government to end the minumum five-week wait for Universal Credit.

Universal Credit could ‘steamroll’ two million vulnerable people into poverty

Complicated application process means that many people simply give up before their claim is completed.

DWP ‘couldn’t care less’ about the devastating impact of Universal Credit

FOI reveals the DWP has no idea how the five-week-wait affects Universal Credit claimants.

Universal Credit system ‘sending people into the arms of loan sharks’, report says

Charity warns that the Tories' flawed Universal Credit system is "causing debt and destitution".

Citizens Advice demands ‘fundamental overhaul’ of Universal Credit system

"We need to see significant changes to the way the Universal Credit is designed and delivered to ensure it supports the people who need it."

Food bank use in Scotland up 80% in five years

"Brutal" impact of austerity and welfare cuts laid bare.

Universal Credit architect Iain Duncan Smith knighted in New Years Honours List

Opposition parties said it "beggars belief" that the former DWP boss is being rewarded for causing "untold stress" to millions.

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