A new report from the Trussell Trust predicts significant increases in food bank visits, as redundancies start to bite, with the furlough scheme coming to an end.

Demand is predicted to soar by 61%, compared to last year, with an estimated 846,000 food parcels expected to be needed between October and December this year.

The report also says:

  • During the start of the pandemic around half of people who used a food bank had never needed one before
  • Families with children have been hardest hit
  • The charity is clear the situation can be turned around if this evidence is prioritised and acted upon by government during the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review and budget

You can read the Trussell Trust’s report on their website.

Action for Children report

Action for Children has also published a report, showing that families who have never needed help before are struggling at this time. 71 per cent of households supported by the charity’s emergency appeal having not had financial issues before the pandemic.

Find the Action for Children report on their website.

Universal Credit uplift being removed

The Government introduced an uplift to Universal Credit, of £20 per week, which is going to be withdrawn in April 2021. However, there are concerns that this will force that up to 700,000 more people will be forced into food bank usage and poverty by this move.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is campaigning strongly for the Government to reverse the decision, and extend the uplift.

See articles in the Independent and Guardian for more information around poverty and need.