Due to delays in the payment of Universal Credit, food-banks across Bournemouth are bracing themselves for rocketing demand.
Universal credit rolls six benefits into one single payment. These include housing, job-seeker’s allowance, working tax credit, income support and child tax credit.
It has been said that many families may have to wait between 5 and 12 weeks to receive their payment.
In it’s first year, Bournemouth Food-bank fed only 300 people. Now, they face over 5000. This number is only set to rise over the coming months.
Due to the huge predicted rise in demand, charities like this are asking for help to cope while this benefit is being implemented.
Deborah Bramley, Project Director at Bournemouth food-bank, said:
The threat that universal credit poses to us as a foodbank is that of increased use, which means less resources for us.
We are quite worried about the stock levels. In other foodbanking they have seen an increase of between 30 & 50%.”
The items in demand include tinned meat and veg, fruit juice, nappies and dog food among other things.
The Food-bank are almost ready for the Christmas rush, but are still asking for people to donate their time on the 21st to help deliver hampers to those in need.
Below is a quick look at the work done by Bournemouth Food-bank, set up and supported by the Trussell Trust.
To find out how you can help, click here