“Benefit levels must keep pace with rising cost of essentials”
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Issue 195 - 24 April 2018

Dear Friend,

“Benefit levels must keep pace with rising cost of essentials”
You may see media coverage of our End of Year statistics from today which show that The Trussell Trust’s foodbank network saw an alarming 13% increase in distribution of emergency food supplies compared to the previous year.
In total, 1,332,952 three-day emergency food supplies were given to people in crisis. 484,026 of these went to children. 
New national data highlights the growing proportion of foodbank referrals due to benefit levels not covering the costs of essentials, such as housing and food. 

Read our press release
See our latest stats

Emma Revie,
Chief Executive of
The Trussell Trust,
responds to the latest statistics.
“As a nation we expect no one should be left hungry or destitute – illness, disability, family breakdown or the loss of a job could happen to any of us, and we owe it to each other to make sure sufficient financial support is in place when we need it most.  
It’s hard to break free from hunger if there isn’t enough money coming in to cover the rising cost of absolute essentials like food and housing. For too many people staying above water is a daily struggle. It’s completely unacceptable that anyone is forced to turn to a foodbank as a result."
When we’re faced with figures as big as 1.3 million, it can be easy to forget what that means for people faced with not having enough money to put food on the family table. We recently met a mum at a foodbank who told us: 
“My husband was made redundant a few months ago, having worked for the same company for the last 16 years. We have three children to support.
We were referred to the foodbank because my husband starts his new job tomorrow, but starting half way through the month it will probably be six weeks potentially without any more money coming in.
When we initially received the redundancy money, we paid the rent up front and the key bills, so we don’t have any debt. We just need enough to cover the basic household essentials, such as food, heating, car costs and fuel.
The foodbank has provided us with a stop-gap. This gives us peace of mind when the kids come home from school, that we can supply them with something to eat in the evening.
No one in our country should face hunger. We’re determined to work to ensure that foodbanks do not become a permanent feature in the UK. There isn’t a silver bullet, and it will require government departments and employers to put practices in place that prevent people being left without money, but we’re ready to play our part by doing all we can to provide evidence from the frontline and campaign for change in the future. 
Thank you for your continued support of people living in your communities who are facing hunger and crisis. Every hour you volunteer, every item of food you donate, every post you share on social media to raise awareness and every penny you fundraise is a vital element in our aim to stop UK hunger. We can’t do this without you, so please keep up the great work!
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