Food bank figures show 'urgent action on poverty needed'

By Matthew Mckew

Saturday, April 26, 2014

 

MORE than 6,000 people used the Isle of Wight Foodbank in the last 12 months, it has been revealed.

Over the last year there has been an increase of 59 per cent in people having to rely on help from the food bank to make ends meet.

The total number of people using food banks in the South East is now 93,388.

In 2013-14 6,075 people used the Island’s food bank, as opposed to 3,875 the previous year.

The figures were released by the Christian charity behind the food banks, the Trussell Trust.

South east Green Party MEP Keith Taylor said: "This latest set of statistics from the Trussell Trust is conclusive in proving that the so-called 'economic recovery’ is a fallacy.

"Though the economy is growing it’s clearly not working. When thousands of my constituents are forced to use food banks, and the numbers keep growing, it’s abundantly clear that urgent action on poverty is required.

"To address the serious poverty faced by thousands in South East England, we need to ensure that jobs pay enough for people to build a life on. That means making the minimum wage a Living Wage.

"We also need to ensure that social security payments provide people with enough to get by on."

          Number of people using food banks in South East England            
                       2012/13                        2013/14 (estimate)                        2013/14 (actual)                        Actual Increase            
           Berkshire                        3224                        5164.8                        13113                        306.73%            
           Buckinghamshire                        957                        1533.1                        1414                        47.75%            
           East Sussex                        6961                        11151.5                        15952                        129.16%            
           Hampshire                        14234                        22802.9                        22655                        59.16%            
           Isle of Wight                        3875                        6207.8                        6075                        56.77%            
           Kent                        7015                        11238                        14078                        100.68%            
           Oxfordshire                        2879                        4612.2                        4353                        51.20%            
           Surrey                        2012                        3223.2                        6787                        237.33%            
           West Sussex                        4155                        6656.3                        8961                        115.67%            
           TOTAL for South East England            
           Apr – Apr                        2012/13                        2013/14 (estimate)                        2013/14 (actual)                        Increase            
           Adults:                        28839                        46202.9619                        59111                        104.97%            
           Children:                        17069                        27346.2449                        34277                        100.81%            
           Total:                        45908                        73549.2068                        93388                        103.42%            
           Projected increased for food banks in South East England:                        60.21%            
           Actual Increase for food bank use in South East England:                        103.42%            

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