Telford Crisis Support Foodbank data for September showed an increase in demand for the first time since May 2020.
The Foodbank gave out 300 food parcels on average in June, July & August as well as an average number of 5500 meals provided across the three previous months.
However for September the 300 food parcel monthly average increased by 75 and meals provided increased to nearly 7000 which is an increase of 29%
In spite of the increase in referrals, the reasons behind those needing support has stayed the same. Our data shows more and more people claiming or making new claims for universal credit but are expressing a shortfall in benefits as their cause of crisis.
These are just a few examples of what may lead to a shortfall in Benefits..
- Reduction now children have moved out
- Repayments to landlord
- Payment plan for arrears which is now too high to manage having lost employment
- Tax credits stopped
- Unexpected bills and school uniform costs
As we close in on the end of 2020 there are many factors that could cause a sudden spike in referrals such as increased unemployment, homelessness when/if the landlord eviction ban is lifted and the possibility of increased coronavirus cases leading to a local lockdown.
Advice and guidance for anyone struggling through this difficult time can found via Citizens Advice, Helping Hands out of Hardship, Mind for mental health support and Thrive Telford.
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