Low pay and benefit delays drive record demand at food banks

As working families continue to struggle with low pay and benefit delays, new Trussell Trust figures show that emergency food bank aid in the UK has increased 19% over the last 12 months:

  • 1,084,604 three-day emergency food packages were distributed between April 2014 and March 2015.
  • Demand is largely driven by low income and benefit delays (the cause of over 50% of referrals).

These figures serve to further highlight the plight of low-paid, casualised workers propping up, but not benefiting from, the UK’s fragile economic recovery.

They are also a sign of the shape of things to come if Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith’s draconian plans for new welfare claimants under the Universal Credit scheme make it on to the statute book.

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(Photo credit: the Trussell Trust)