Trussell Trust have released a report today that publishes the findings of their research into disability and health conditions at foodbanks in the UK
New report by the Trussell Trust builds on the shocking fact that “people dealing with a disability or health condition are far more likely to receive emergency food from a foodbank”.
Managers and volunteers at Trussell Trust foodbanks have reported issues that have arisen from the benefits system, especially with receiving Personal Independence Payments (PIP's) and the lengthy period of the appeals processes that leave individuals for significant lengths of time without a source of income. They are also particulary concerned about the mental ill-health of food bank users, over a quarter of respondents noticed a significant increase in the number of people referred over the past twelve months who are experiencing mental ill-health.
Food banks around the UK are responding to a growing demand for emergency food aid. However, as Trussell Trust outlines, it is important to emphasise that food banks are a short term response to an emergency situation, and should not be seen as a replacement for long-term sustained and targeted support.
The key recommendations from the report are:
Claiming PIP and ESA:
Support and Advice:
You can read the full report on the Trussell Trust website.
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