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1,155 REFERRALS TO FOOD BANKS IN ABERDEENSHIRE IN LAST THREE MONTHS

OSBORNE MUST PREVENT FURTHER HARDSHIP AND SCRAP TAX CREDIT CUTS

Reacting to new Trussell Trust figures on emergency food aid, Dennis Robertson MSP has expressed alarm that 1,155 referrals were made to food banks in Aberdeenshire between April and September this year. This included 414 referrals for children.

Overall, the number of food bank referrals in Scotland has increased to over 60,000 in the last quarter and 44 per cent of these were for benefit delays and cuts.

Commenting, Dennis Robertson MSP said:

“1,155 people in Aberdeenshire alone have found themselves in a position where they cannot even afford to eat. With 414 of those referrals being for children, something has to change. These statistics offer clear evidence that the UK Government‘s austerity cuts are going too far.

“The Trussell Trust figures also show that benefit delays are the most common reason for people seeking emergency food aid. While Tory Ministers are doing little to rectify the ramifications of their failure to support families in need, the Scottish Government is spending almost £300 million over three years to mitigate the devastating social security cuts.

“These new figures will put further pressure on George Osborne to scrap his planned cuts to Tax Credits – we will not let up on our opposition to these callous cuts. And if they do go ahead we stand ready to protect low income households in Scotland.”

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Further information can be obtained from the Trussell Trust: www.trusselltrust.org