Bristol news DWP's benefit payments 'failing to cover cost of living' PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - "How can anyone in this country stay warm and dry and buy food on just £248 a month after rent?"

Bristol news DWP's benefit payments 'failing to cover cost of living' PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - "How can anyone in this country stay warm and dry and buy food on just £248 a month after rent?"

Bristol news  DWP's benefit payments 'failing to cover cost of living' PremierLeague-News.Com
15 May 2021 - 03:16

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A leading food poverty charity has accused the Department for Work and Pensions of "failing to cover the cost of living" for those on benefits. The Trussell Trust's searing attack comes as it publishes a extensive study on food bank usage over the past year. It says that in early 2020, the average monthly household income after housing costs for people who needed to use a food bank was £248 on average, or £8 a day for a couple without children. "This needs to cover energy and water costs, council tax, food, and other essentials and is just 13 per cent of the average national income," says the charity. The charity says foodbank users' low income was because social security payments are not sufficient to cover the cost of living, and that this was "more often than not due to the design of the system, including issues such as the five-week wait for a first universal credit payment and low levels of payments". Even in the year before the pandemic, around 700,000 households, or 2.5 per cent of all UK households, were forced to use a foodbank. Coronavirus, however, exacerbated the problem. In April 2020 the Trussell Trust network was forced to hand out 84 per cent more food parcels in than in February 2020. The state of hunger report says 95 per cent of people referred to Trussell Trust food banks in early 2020 were living in "destitution", meaning they couldn't afford to both eat and stay dry, warm, and clean. Emma Revie, chief executive of the Trussell Trust, said: "How can anyone in this country stay warm and dry and buy food on just £248 a month after rent? "People struggling in extreme poverty are pushed to the doors of food banks because they do not have enough money to survive. Hunger in the UK isn’t about food – it’s about people not being able to afford the basics." The charity is calling on the government to keep in place the weekly £20 uplift to universal credit as a minimum.

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. Jonathan Reynolds, the Labour MP and shadow work and pensions secretary, said: "How can anyone be expected to live on less than £250 a month? Universal credit simply isn’t giving people what they need to live on and is trapping families in a cycle of debt and destitution. "Instead of supporting families through this crisis the Government wants to cut Universal Credit, pushing more people into poverty. It's just not good enough. Labour would keep the uplift and replace Universal Credit with a fair and compassionate system." Elsewhere the state of hunger report, which was commissioned by the charity and conducted by Heriot-Watt University, states 62 per cent of working-age people referred to a food bank in early 2020 were disabled. It also found that 47 per cent of all people using food banks owed money to the DWP, likely because the five-week delay for a first universal credit instalment forced people to ask for an advance - a loan that must be paid back over time. Dame Louise Casey, a former government adviser on social policy and now a crossbench peer, said: "This research today by the Trussell Trust is deeply worrying, with record food bank use showing that too many people have been pushed into hardship by the pandemic. "We have to stand together as we pull through this pandemic and not leave people behind, forced to rely on food banks to keep going. That is an abject failure by government and all of us. Food aid should be a one off in the UK, not a new form of charity." A government spokesperson told Bristol Live: "We are already supporting families who are most in need, spending billions more on welfare and planning a long-term route out of poverty by protecting jobs through furlough and helping people find new work through our Plan for Jobs. "We also introduced our £269 million Covid local support grant to help children and families stay warm and well-fed throughout the pandemic."

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