An exception to foodbank rule
Fewer people in Hillingdon using centres but demand rises elsewhere
THE number of people using food banks in Hillingdon has dropped over the past year, bucking the national trend.
Across the UK, more than one million people, including almost 400,000 children, received at least three days’ worth of emergency supplies from Trussell Trust food banks between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015.
But in Hillingdon, the number fell from 2,021 in 2013/14 to 1,937 in 2014/15 – a four per cent decrease.
Hammersmith and Fulham was the only other west London borough to experience a decline in user numbers.
Across west London, the number of people reliant on food banks skyrocketed by almost a third over the 12 months, reaching more than 14,000.
This figure, which does not account for those using independent food banks, included more than 5,000 children.
The trust, which runs 445 food banks across the UK, including 39 in London, said the biggest driver of food bank use was problems with benefits, such as payment delays and changes, but added that low income was increasingly becoming a factor.
Referrals made because of sickness, homelessness and unemployment also increased slightly over the 12 months, the trust said.
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Director Adrian Curtis said: “Despite welcome signs of economic recovery, hunger continues to affect significant numbers of men, women and children in the UK today.
“It’s difficult to be sure of the full extent of the problem as Trussell Trust figures don’t include people who are helped by other food charities or those who feel too ashamed to seek help.”
He added: “The Trussell Trust’s latest figures highlight how vital it is that we all work to prevent and relieve hunger in the UK.
“It’s crucial that we listen to the experiences of people using food banks to truly understand the nature of the problems they face. What people who have gone hungry have to say holds the key to finding the solution.” 2220 email firstname.lastname@example.org. uk
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Foodbank use in the area is down four per cent