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. Read more “Foodbank use in Delyn”
Figures released this week demonstrated that 1 in 5 people in Delyn have had to use a foodbank in the last three years. This is disgraceful.
I pointed out to the Secretary of State that that information coincides with Flintshire being one of the first constituencies in the UK to see the roll-out of Universal Credit.
The minister buried his head in the sand and refused to accept that the rise in poverty was in any way linked to the bungled implementation of Universal Credit.
Under this UK Government we have seen child poverty, after housing costs, rise to 40% in some areas in Delyn and unemployment increase for four months in a row. The contempt this government shows towards us in North Wales is utterly exasperating.
Figures out today show that the Conservative Government has failed to help families trying to get by as figures from the Trussell Trust – who run Flintshire Foodbanks – show that 95,190 people in Wales are now using Foodbanks.
In a report published by the Trussell Trust this morning called ‘Early Warnings: Universal Credit and Foodbanks’ it is detailed how foodbanks are being used more and more by people on Universal Credit, which is slowly being rolled out across the country by the Government. The Trust have found that there has been an average increase in referrals for emergency food of 16.85%, more than double the national average of 6.64%.
The report states that: Read more “Foodbank usage rises further under the Tories”