Alarming rise in use of foodbanks locally

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Figures showing the number of adults and children turning to foodbanks in Angus have been branded a “shameful indictment” of Westminster’s coalition government.

SNP MSP Graeme Dey made the comments after The Trussell Trust revealed the number of people using foodbanks in Scotland has increased by a staggering 400 per cent, to 71,428.

In Angus alone the figure stands at 1,238 of which 276 are children.

The Angus South MSP said he was appalled by the findings and commented: “It is staggering that in the 21st century we have thousands of people relying on foodbanks across Scotland.

“But this is the grim reality of Westminster’s cuts - Scottish foodbanks going from providing aid to 14,318 people in 2012/13 to 71,428 in 2013/14.

“What is particularly distressing is that more than 30 per cent of this number is made up of children. These figures are a shameful indictment of Westminster government.”

Mr Dey added: “The Trussell Trust says benefit changes, benefit delays and low income are the key causes of people in Scotland seeking support from foodbanks.”

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a £1 million package of support for foodbanks.

Mr Dey concluded: “Foodbanks should not be needed in Scotland.

Angus Foodbank was started by Strathmore Christian Fellowship in October 2012, based at Bridges Coffee House, Bank Street Kirriemuir.

It currently provides emergency food to men, women and children in crisis, from the Newtyle to Montrose areas of Angus and will be developing distribution into the rest of the county in time.

Angus foodbank has distribution centres in Kirriemuir and Brechin and will soon open a similar centre at 43 Craig O’ Loch Road, Forfar.

Since the Launch of Angus foodbank, it has fed 1,514 people - 1,159 adults and 355 children. It has received donations of 19,000kg of non perishable food and distributed 13,222kg to those in need.