Mark Whitehead 14 November 2019

Food bank use ‘shoots up’ by a quarter in one year

Food bank use ‘shoots up’ by a quarter in one year  image

The number of people using food banks has shot up by nearly a quarter in the last year, according to one of the main providers.

The Trussell Trust says April to September 2019 was the busiest half-year period for food banks in its network since the charity opened.

In those six months it handed out 823,145 three-day emergency food parcels to people in crisis in the UK, more than a third going to children.

This was a 23% increase on the same period in 2018 and the sharpest rise in the past five years.

The trust says the reasons for people needing emergency food are low benefit income, and delays or changes to benefits payments.

In the run-up to the general election it is calling for politicians on all sides to protect people from hunger by ensuring everyone has enough money for the basics.

Chief executive Emma Revie said: 'Our benefits system is supposed to protect us all from being swept into poverty, but currently thousands of women, men and children are not receiving sufficient protection from destitution.

'This is not right. But we know this situation can be fixed – our benefits system could be the key to unlocking people from poverty.'

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Compliance Analyst

Essex County Council
£29772 - £35027 per annum
Compliance AnalystPermanent, Full TimeUp to £35,027 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Database Administrator

Essex County Council
£42000 - £49422 per annum
Senior Database AdministratorPermanent, Full TimeUp to £49,422 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Head of Air Quality Measurement

Imperial College London
£58,528 – £67,004
The Environmental Research Group (ERG), part of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London. Imperial College London, White City Campus, London W12 0BZ
Recuriter: Imperial College London

Childcare Lawyer

Brent Council
£43,860 - £49,827 p.a. inc.
We are looking for flexible individuals with good knowledge and experience in the   area of Children’s Social Care. Brent, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Cycle Training and Project Coordinator

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£33.324 - £35.751
We need a passionate person to manage the Royal Borough’s cycle training programme and develop new cycle training projects. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue