‘Shambolic’ roll-out of Universal Credit sees food bank use soar

Inside Croydon

Food bank use across London increased by 23 per cent this year, a trend described as “appalling” by London Assembly Member Fiona Twycross, who blamed it on the “shambolic roll-out of Universal Credit”.

Demand for help from food banks is on the rise

Figures released by the Trussell Trust show 72,239 three-day emergency food supplies being handed out to Londoners between April and September, up by nearly one-quarter on the demand in the previous six-month period.

“It’s appalling to see such a significant increase in the number of families forced to depend on food banks to feed their families,” said Twycross, a London-wide Labour AM.

“Sadly, these figures are likely to be only the tip of the iceberg with many more independent food banks having been set up across the capital to meet demand.

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