Food poverty and energy crisis set to be far worse than 1980's warns The Welcome Centre food bank.
Huddersfield food bank The Welcome Centre is seeing a massive rise in the number of families needing help as it faces the bleak prospect of a perfect storm of rocketing energy prices and benefits cuts.
The centre is now helping 20% more children than it did a year ago and over the last two weeks, it has had 147 referrals to help people who simply can’t make ends meet.
They have already helped one client where an energy company has increased their monthly bill from £80 to £200 … and the person simply can’t afford such a massive rise.
Chief Executive Kate Auker said:
Someone asked me recently if what’s happening now is going to be as bad as the 1980s when things were dire. It’s not going to be like the 1980s … it’s going to be far worse.
The saying ‘heat or eat’ is becoming well-worn these days but we are facing the terrible prospect where there will be many people this winter who won’t be able to afford to do either without support from charities like The Welcome Centre.
The sad thing is that food banks should not exist at all but the fact they do and the demand on them will be higher than ever is deeply troubling. Behind every referral is a story of someone really struggling to afford the absolute basic essentials in life.
There is an awful lot of human misery behind these statistics. These huge energy price increases just don’t add up and it’s a deeply worrying time.
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