Turn2us responds to the Trussell Trust's latest food bank figures
Thomas Cave, Policy and Public Affairs Manager at Turn2us, says:
“Food bank volunteers across the UK have risen to an unprecedented challenge in supporting people struggling to afford the basics. However, it should not be left to charities to pick up the pieces of a failing social security system which is pushing millions of people to the doors of food banks. The soaring cost of living will no doubt force more families across the country into impossible choices of hardship over the coming months. Now more than ever, it is time for the government to reassess the effectiveness of our social security system to ensure everyone has enough to meet their essential costs. One of the most effective things the government can do is uprate benefits in line with inflation immediately. In the longer term, we need an overhaul of social security and crisis support so that no one is pushed into destitution."