NUMBER OF PEOPLE RELYING ON FOODBANKS TRIPLED
Commenting on the news that the number of people relying on food banks to survive in the UK has tripled over the last year, with more than 23,000 Scots – including 7000 children – receiving emergency aid from a Trussell Trust food bank, SNP MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford said:
“These figures produced today by the Trussell Trust, which runs 400 food banks across the UK, are alarming. The Trust have said a third of those being helped were children, and the problem was so severe that some people using food banks have started to hand back items that need cooking, as they cannot afford to use the energy.
“The Red Cross announced last week it would be helping with food aid in the UK for the first time since the Second World War.
“The UK government needs to wake up to this cost of living crisis and stop shunning responsibility. Conservative minister Lord Freud provoked outrage in July when he questioned whether there were “causal connections” between the rise of food banks and government austerity policies. In September Education Secretary Michael Gove was accused of being “out of touch” when he appeared to suggest that families using food banks were responsible for their own predicament.
“While the UK government continues down this road, making the poor poorer, and the anti-independence No campaign tries to tell the people of Scotland that this is as good as it gets, more than ever it is clear that only a Yes vote next September can make Scotland a fairer country to live, work and raise a family.”