"DISASTROUS” TORY AUSTERITY DRIVING INCREASE IN DEPRIVATION
SCOTTISH FOODBANK USE AT RECORD LEVELS AFTER 9% INCREASE IN DEMAND
Figures released by the Trussell Trust show that foodbank use in Scotland has hit new record levels as the impact of failed Tory austerity continues to hit our communities.
The latest figures from the Trussell Trust show 145,865 three-day emergency food supplies were provided by the network of 52 foodbanks across Scotland in 2016/17, including 47,955 for children – a 9% increase on 2015/16.
The impact of Tory austerity is leaving increasing numbers of people seeking emergency food supplies through the Trussell Trust, who cited low income as the single biggest reason for referral to foodbanks. Benefit delays and cuts are also key drivers.
Commenting, Patricia Gibson MP said:
“Today’s latest figures from the Trussell Trust are shocking and bring into sharp focus the disastrous impact of Tory austerity.
“After seven years of Tory rule they wages continue to stagnate, cutting public services and the vital social security safety net – resulting in more and more people being forced to turn to foodbanks.
“The fact that nearly 50,000 children across Scotland rely on these emergency supplies is simply heart-breaking and proof that the Tories cannot be trusted to govern in the interests of those most in need of security, shelter and care.
“Voters must take their chance in June’s election to send a clear message to the Tory party that their divisive, extreme and ideologically-driven austerity obsession is not wanted here.”