I have been provided information from The Trussell Trust relating to the number of people who have had to access foodbanks in the constituency between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019. This follows The Trussell Trusts publication of the full End of Year statistics.
In Delyn, between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019, 7,155 three-day emergency food supplies were given to local people in crisis, with 3,002 of these going to children.
Across the UK, food banks in The Trussell Trust network distributed 1,583,668 three-day emergency food supplies to help people in crisis, a record rise of 18.8% on the previous year. Of these, 577,618 went to children. This is a measure of volume rather than unique users, and on average people needed two food bank referrals in the last year.
These figures come shortly after unemployment statistics demonstrate that people without work in Delyn continues to rise to 1,200 – or 3.7% of the constituency’s population.
The figures released by The Trussell Trust are truly appalling. We are one of the richest nations in the world and 3,002 three-day emergency food supplies have had to be given to children in Delyn. Go back ten years we were living in a time when the Labour Government was eradicating child poverty and ensuring that people were gaining the skills they needed for the modern workplace. We now have a UK Government who have presided over increasing poverty and unemployment in our communities whilst the roll-out of the fundamentally flawed Universal Credit system continues.
Some wards in Delyn have now got child poverty levels over 40%. The pressure being put on family’s incomes due to a social security system that doesn’t work or pay enough and an economy that is barely growing is atrocious. The UK Government have even admitted that their welfare policy has driven up foodbank usage, yet they still refuse to do something about it.
I will be writing to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd MP, asking her what she intends to do to eliminate the need to foodbank use in Delyn and eradicate child poverty. It took Labour thirteen years to lift half a million children out of poverty. It has taken this UK Government nine to unpick it. They should be ashamed.