The Trussell Trust announced a significant rise in Foodbank demand since the start of the financial year. In figures released earlier this month, the Foodbank network announced that 568,907 three day emergency food supplies had been distributed between April 1 and September 30 this year. According to the release, 58,795 packs were distributed in London alone.
The Trussell Trust attribute much of this increased demand to the rollout of Universal Credit, which they have already highlighted potential problems with. Amongst referrals due to benefit delays, 45% were related to the first payment of Universal Credit. A further 38% of those who were referred due to benefit change also cited Universal Credit as a problem. A detailed segmentation of Foodbank referrals can be found here.
As you may know, the rollout of Universal Credit will not be seen in Lambeth and Wandsworth until Feburary 2018. However, these figures display increased demand across the board, and suggest that we may experience a further surge in the new year. Your help is needed more than ever.
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