Over 3.5 million people are in fuel poverty in Britain, having to spend at least 10% of their household income on powering and heating their homes. The unjustifiable high cost of energy means people on low incomes and benefits are hit hard, and have to choose between spending their meagre resources on fuel or food.
The use of food banks has nearly doubled over the summer school holiday as parents try to feed children who would normally receive free school meals.
With 13 million people living below the poverty line, and rising food prices, the trust’s 18 food banks around the country have seen a doubling of referrals from frontline workers, such as GPs and social workers.
The trust provides three days’…
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