SOCIAL RISKS & COST OF LIVING

Any form of Brexit risks increasing the cost of food and essentials, and lead to increased demand for food banks. The risk to food supplies and possible rises in food prices will also affect vital food donations.  The Trussell Trust. Write to your MP and raise the alarm through your local paper. Sample letters here http://www.onecrisisatatime.co.uk/sample-letters/

Risks to families

  • When the alarm is raised practical day-to-day questions will abound: “How will you feed the family when you can’t get to work, the jobs have gone and there’s no-one to pick the food? The trucks cannot get through and the tariffs mean you cannot afford the imported food anyway?  What about my driving licence and car insurance – are they valid in Europe? And by the way: that cheap family holiday in Spain has just become unaffordable.”
  • Dropping our animal welfare grades and increasing the red tape will mean more expensive, less safe food eating into the typical family budget affecting the poorest in our communities.
  • Representatives of seven Christian denominations, including Quakers in Britain, wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister expressing concern that failing to agree a deal on Brexit would “hit those held back by poverty very hard indeed”. 24 July 2019

Increasing risks for food banks

  • Relying on food banks to pick up the pieces is unsustainable.  They are already at breaking point.  Foodbanks have seen almost a doubling of demand since the lockdown began: an 81% increase overall and 120% for children, a pattern that is repeated around the country.  This is because not everyone qualifies for payments under the various Government schemes.   For those who do quality it can take a long time to navigate the bureaucracy.  The amount people get especially from benefits, can be insufficient to meet their needs.

“Any form of Brexit risks increasing the cost of food and essentials, and therefore lead to increased need for food banks.  We are also concerned that the risk to food supplies and possible rises in food prices will also affect vital food donations.” SOURCES: The Trussell Trust; Foodbanks in survival mode as Covid-19 causes spike in demand, Jimmy Andrex, Yorkshire Bylines, 20 May 2020

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