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

Home Ownership Officer

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£29,000 - £39,200 per annum
Are you motivated by delivering excellent customer service, a varied workload and an opportunity to grow? Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Assistant Head of TriBorough Insurance

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£43,300 - £58,500 per annum
An opportunity to lead the Tri-Borough Insurance Service technical team reporting to the Head of Service. Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Educational Psychologist

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£41,200 - £55,800 per annum
Looking for a fully qualified educational psychologist registered with Social Work England, or eligible for such registration. Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Social Worker x2 (Blackheath and Rowley Community Social Work Team)

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£29,636 - £33,799 per annum
We are looking to recruit 2 full time (37 hours) permanent Social Workers in the Blackheath and Rowley Community Social Work Team.  Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Childcare Solicitors (career graded)

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£40,760 per annum progressing to Band I up to £49,538 per annum
You must have the ability to deal with a complex and demanding caseload, with excellent client care skills, and... Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

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