Attacks on welfare are forcing thousands of people to use food banks, a new report says.
The report from the Trussell Trust says that between 50 and 55 percent had visited the trust’s food banks because of problems with their benefits.
Kath is a single parent living with her three teenage sons. She is a full time carer for the youngest.
She was first hit by the bedroom tax when her partner moved out. And when her Child Tax Credit was halved without warning, she was forced to turn to a food bank.
“It was freezing cold, there was no wood for the fire, I was on the emergency on the meter and I knew the lights were about to go out, and I had no food,” she said.
“I thought the system would protect me. I never thought I would be completely ignored.
“My benefits are my safety net—if they’re removed, how are families like ours meant to survive?”
Figure it out
913,138 people visisted Trussell Trust food banks in 2013-14—up from 25,899 in 2008-09
50-55% of visitors were referred to the Trussell Trust because of problems with their benefits
19-28% of visitors had been sanctioned—had their benefits cut off—by the government