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Thousands of people in Scotland are being forced to rely
on charities for food handouts, according to a new report by
Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).
This shows that:
CAS Chief Executive Margaret Lynch says,“The report reveals a
Dickensian situation facing many of Scotland’s low paid workers and
people who rely on welfare benefits.
“Charities like the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul have
always been there to provide practical assistance for families
facing a crisis who temporarily could not feed themselves. In this
recession, there has been an exponential increase in the number of
working families and people on benefits who are needing help to
feed their children and themselves.
“The National Minimum Wage has failed to keep pace
with the massive increase in food prices over the last five
years leaving many low income families facing food insecurity. The
fact that 50% of those getting food parcels are working is
“The fact that the remaining 50% who rely on food parcels do so
because their benefit payments are delayed or because of changes to
their benefits entitlement is both avoidable and disgraceful.
“Sadly this indignity is about to be inflicted on many more of
our fellow Scots as welfare changes begin to bite. The
welfare state was set up to provide a safety net from cradle to
grave. The safety net has been withdrawn, and the task of feeding
the poor once more falls to the Churches and charitable
organisations whose philanthropy once helped to feed the poor of
the industrial revolution.”
Read the Citizens Advice Scotland report on the rising demand for
food parcels (link opens in a new window)
If you are struggling to make ends meet, you can use the
Turn2us Benefits Calculator to check your
entitlement to welfare benefits and the Turn2us Grants Search Database to see if you are
eligible for help from a charitable fund. See also the Turn2us Information and Resources section for more
information on benefits, grants and managing money.
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