Sutton Foodbank use shoots up as Government welfare reforms take effect

Suttton Foodbank volunteers

Suttton Foodbank volunteers

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The number of people who had to turn to Sutton's Foodbank has shot up as Government welfare reforms take effect.

Sutton's Foodbank hands emergency supplies to people who find themselves in urgent need and is supported by the charity the Trussell Trust and churches in the borough.

Latest figures show the number of people who used the foodbank between April 2013 and the end of March this year rose to 2039 from 1257 the previous year and 797 the year before.

Mark Tomlinson said the surge could have been caused by a number of factors and has happened at the same time as Government welfare reforms including to so-called bedroom tax have been implemented.

He said: "Every year we get more people but last year there was a huge rise, particularly during the first few months as welfare reforms came in - we saw a big spike and then it levelled out."

A delay in receiving benefits was cited as the reason for 31 per cent of referrals to Sutton Foodbank last year and benefit changes counted for 16 per cent. Low income accounted for 14 per cent of referrals and debt accounted for 11 per cent.

Mr Tomlinson said a certain amount of the growth will be down to greater awareness of the scheme and work by partner agencies to promote it.

He also said a recent report in the Daily Mail that suggested people who did not need to go to Foodbanks were able to manipulate the system was unhelpful.

He added: "Most people are discerning enough to know not to take what they read in the Daily Mail too seriously.

"By their nature, people who work in Foodbanks are compassionate and they want to help people so there will be people who want to manipulate the system.

"But 60 per cent of the people who come to Sutton Foodbank only come once - that suggests it is being used for crises."

For more information on Sutton Foodbank, visit www.suttonfoodbank.org.uk


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2:14pm Wed 30 Apr 14

theavengers says...

Working families paying private rent due to lack of housing for English families means we can't put food on the table. Not fair for those who work to suffer like this due to changes by the uncaring government, EU immigration, and poor wages.
Working families paying private rent due to lack of housing for English families means we can't put food on the table. Not fair for those who work to suffer like this due to changes by the uncaring government, EU immigration, and poor wages. theavengers
  • Score: 10

9:39pm Wed 30 Apr 14

GreenBrown says...

"He added: "Most people are discerning enough to know not to take what they read in the Daily Mail too seriously."

I don't read daily newspapers, but the Mail, though often sensationalised, does tend to highlight what is actually going on in this country. That's why it is the butt to so many jokes and slurs against it. Sometimes funny, such as their supposed fixation on house prices, but I think its all just to try and deflect from the truth. The neo-liberal media doesn't like the real truth getting out.
"He added: "Most people are discerning enough to know not to take what they read in the Daily Mail too seriously." I don't read daily newspapers, but the Mail, though often sensationalised, does tend to highlight what is actually going on in this country. That's why it is the butt to so many jokes and slurs against it. Sometimes funny, such as their supposed fixation on house prices, but I think its all just to try and deflect from the truth. The neo-liberal media doesn't like the real truth getting out. GreenBrown
  • Score: -7

2:45pm Thu 1 May 14

Monstermunch17 says...

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