35,000 FAM­I­LIES

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY

THOU­SANDS of des­per­ate par­ents are be­ing forced to use “baby banks” to feed and clothe their chil­dren.

Even work­ing mums and dads, strug­gling to make ends meet in aus­ter­ity Bri­tain, are turn­ing to the char­i­ties which op­er­ate the same way as food banks. Lat­est fig­ures show so far this year more than 35,000 fam­i­lies have ac­cepted hand­outs of ba­sics handed in by the pub­lic – from cots and bug­gies to nap­pies, wipes and bot­tles.

They in­clude mum-of-two Bianca, 37, who said: “For me as a work­ing mum it’s de­hu­man­is­ing to have to sur­vive off the kind­ness of strangers.

“I’m a full-time em­ployee work­ing my back­side off as well as a mother. I feel em­bar­rassed to have to seek sup­port like this.”

The scan­dal of the grow­ing num­bers of fam­i­lies turn­ing to baby banks is high­lighted in a TV in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Users in­clude women flee­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, fam­i­lies af­fected by the Univer­sal Credit fi­asco, sin­gle par­ents and home­less peo­ple.

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