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Unacceptable that families need foodbanks to get through the day – Clare Bailey MLA

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Clare Bailey MLA has called for more flexibilities for people with limited capacity for work and a yellow-card warning system for sanctioning.

The call comes as a Trussell Trust report found that 4,263 people in South Belfast received three day emergency food supplies from the Trussell Trust Food Bank Network.

The report also found that 1,631 of these food supplies went to South Belfast children.

Clare Bailey MLA said:

“People need foodbanks to survive mainly because they live on low incomes or are experiencing benefit changes or delays.

“It’s entirely unacceptable that families with children in South Belfast are forced to use emergency food supplies to get through the day.

“That’s why I’m backing the Trussell Trust’s call for more flexibilities for people with limited capacity for work and a yellow card system for sanctioning.

“We know that the roll out of Universal Credit is exacerbating financial crisis and hardship across the UK.

“Sanctions, furthermore, often arise because of poor administration and communication around the benefits system.

“A yellow-card warning system can reduce situations where sanctions mean that people can’t put food on the table.”

The South Belfast MLA concluded:

“Foodbank Networks do great work, but the record levels of foodbank use show that the roll out of Universal Credit is exacerbating hardship.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

  1. The Trussell Trust Report can be found here.
  2. The Northern Ireland Trussell Trust press release can be found here.

Media contact: Sinead McIvor

sinead.mcivor@party.niassembly.gov.uk

07701 302 498

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