Reacting to new Trussell Trust figures on emergency food aid, Paisley’s MSP George Adam has expressed alarm that 2842 referrals were made to food banks in Renfrewshire between April and September this year. This included 724 referrals for children.
Commenting, George said:
“These figures are absolutely scandalous! We live in a wealthy country, there is no need for anyone to go without food. 724 children in the last three months in our area have been referred to a food banks. How can children being referred to food banks be a thing in modern Scotland? One simple answer, David Cameron, George Osborne and Ian Duncan Smith. These figures sicken me.
“I have people coming to my office every week who cannot afford to eat, unable to heat their homes, unable to put clothes on their children. It is disgraceful that after 5 years of these draconian Tory welfare policies, when things are getting worse, the Tories chose to ignore the consequences of their actions.
“There have been 2842 occasions where people in Renfrewshire were in such dire straits that they could not afford to eat. The figures also show that UK Government benefit changes and delays continue to be the most common reason for people seeking emergency food aid. While Tory Ministers have their head in the sand on the issue, the Scottish Government recognises this link and is spending almost £300 million over three years to mitigate Tory social security cuts.
“That any government would consider further cuts to the incomes of the poorest families in our society in the face of such clear evidence of rising poverty is appalling – yet George Osborne is set to plough ahead with £12 billion more 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.”