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CAN YOU HELP?

Swindon Foodbank is in URGENT need of the following items 

  • coffee
  • milk
  • sugar
  • juice; and
  • toilet rolls

Swindon Foodbank is helping people in crisis. 

We are happy to receive regular donations at any time from individuals, groups, churches, schools and companies to help refill our shelves ready for distribution to people who are facing this crisis.

Today the Trusell Trust announced record figures for people attending the Foodbanks....please click on the link below...


https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/apr/25/food-banks-report-record-demand-amid-universal-credit-chaos?CMP=twt_gu


If you were in crisis...  

...where would you turn?

Many of us have friends and family to turn to when the unexpected happens. But what if you had no family or your family could no longer help? Where would you go? What if the children were hungry, and you’re not sure where the next meal is coming from? What if you had to make the choice between putting money on the key meter for heat and fuel or feeding your family?

That’s where Swindon Foodbank helps: We provide people food and support when people need it most - helping to avert greater disaster and even greater poverty.

Our distribution centres are open on:

Mondays 2.30pm – 4.30pm, St Aldhelms Centre, Edgeware Road, Swindon SN1 1QS

Mondays 11.00am – 13.00pm, The Bridge, 8 Sheep St, Highworth SN6 7AA

Mondays 13.00pm – 15.00, St Bartholomew’s Church, Royal Wootton Bassett. SN4 7BQ

Tuesdays 10.00am – 12.00noon, St Peters Church, Penhill Drive, Swindon SN2 5DU

Tuesdays 2.30pm – 4.30pm, Freshbrook Church, Worsley Road, Swindon SN5 8NU

Wednesdays 10.00am - 12.00noon, St Johns Church Hall Whitbourne Ave SN3 2LG

Thursdays 2.30pm – 4.30pm, St Aldhelms Centre Edgeware Rd Swindon SN1 1QS

Thursdays 11.00am – 13.00pm, The Bridge 8 Sheep St Highworth SN6 7AA

Thursdays 12.00noon – 14.00pm, St Mary’s Church Cheney Manor Road Swindon SN2 2PF

Fridays 2.30pm – 4.30pm, St Aldhelms Centre Edgeware Road Swindon SN1 1QS

When you choose to support Swindon Foodbank by either giving food and/or money - you too become part of this vital initiative bringing comfort and hope to those in crisis, right here in your own community. 

Swindon Foodbank - "Feeding Local People in Crisis".

Find out more about us, donate now or get in touch on 01793 978045 or 07932 108732

We always need donations of food…


Our Shopping List

Click here to download the Foodbank shopping list. We are currently in desperate need of long-life Milk, Tinned meat, sugar, tinned fruit and puddings e.g. peaches, fruit cocktail etc., long-life fruit juice and tinned tomatoes. If you can drop off any of these donations to a distribution centre or ring for a collection to be arranged that would be most appreciated.

Donations can be dropped off at Swindon Foodbank distribution centres whose addresses and opening times are above.

 

Do you need help?

 
 

We help people within Swindon AND the surrounding area. If as part of unfortunate circumstances beyond your control you are currently struggling to feed yourself or family we can probably help. Please click here to find out more.

 


Child Tax Credit changes

From 6 April 2017 support provided through Child Tax Credit will be limited for some new births - if you already have 2 or more children any subsequent children born on or after 6 April 2017 will not be eligible for further support. You can still receive a child element for more than 2 children if the children were born before 6 April 2017. Read more about this change, including the exclusions that apply, in our two child exemptions guide.

In addition to the 2 child limit, the ‘family element’ of £545 per year will be abolished. In effect this will mean that families with at least one child born before 6 April 2017 will continue to get the family element but claims where the eldest child is born on or after 6 April will not receive the family element.

Employment and Support Allowance work-related activity group

New claimants of Employment and Support Allowance who are placed in the Work-Related Activity Group will receive the same rate of benefit as those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance because the Work Related Activity component is being abolished. This does not affect people placed in the Support Group.

Universal Credit changes

From 6 April 2017 Universal Credit will be limited for some new births - if you are already claiming Universal Credit and have 2 children there will be no increase for subsequent children born on or after 6 April. New claims for Universal Credit from families that already have more than two children will be redirected to Tax Credits until November 2018, including people in UC full service areas.

If your eldest child is born on or after 6 April 2017 you will not be eligible for the ‘first child premium’ in Universal Credit - a higher rate of child element for the first child - which means the child element for the first child will be the same rate as for the second child.

There will be a reduction in the taper rate to 63% from 10 April. This means for every £1 you earn over your work allowance (if you are eligible for one) your Universal Credit will be reduced by 63 pence instead of 65 pence as it currently stands. The entitledto benefits calculator shows you your entitlement using the current and the new taper rate so you can see how this change will affect you when it is introduced.

From 1 April 2017 the exemption from the benefit cap for being in work will change so you will be exempt if your weekly earnings are equal to or greater than the equivalent of 16 times your National Minimum/Living Wage rate, rather than a flat rate of £430 per month/£100 per week. When calculating the level of the earnings exemption threshold the amount is rounded down to the nearest whole pound so the required earnings from 1 April 2017 to exempt you from the benefit cap are as follows:

  • 25 years and older £120 per week
  • 21 to 24 years old £112 per week
  • 18 to 20 years old £89 per week

Parents, including lone parents, will be expected to have work focused interviews when their youngest child turns 1, then start work preparation when their youngest child turns 2, all leading up to them being expected to look for work when their youngest child turns 3.

The Limited Capability for Work element will be abolished to mirror changes to the Employment and Support Allowance work-related activity component, reducing support for those deemed capable of some work related activity.

18-21 year olds claiming Universal Credit will have to participate in an intensive period of support at the start of their claim. After six months, if they are not working they will be expected to apply for an apprenticeship, traineeship, gain work place skills or go on a work placement. 

There will also no longer be automatic entitlement to the housing element of Universal Credit for 18-21 year olds who are unemployed and living in UC full service area. Though there will be various exceptions for parents, vulnerable groups and people who could previously afford their rent without assistance.

Housing Benefit 

From 6 April 2017 the child addition which forms part of the Housing Benefit calculation will be limited for some new births - if you already have 2 or more children you will not be entitled to a child addition for any subsequent children born on or after 6 April 2017 when calculating your Housing Benefit. You can still receive a child addition for more than 2 children if the children were born before 6 April 2017.

Bereavement Support Payment

The current system of bereavement benefits, including Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance and Widowed Parent’s Allowance, will be replaced with a new single Bereavement Support Payment. This will be introduced for new claims from April 2017.

This simplified system will focus support on the 12 month period immediately following the bereavement in a bid to cover the additional costs of bereavement - this is a big departure especially in terms of Widowed Parent's Allowance which is currently paid until your youngest child leaves education. Age will no longer be a factor in determining eligibility and National Insurance contribution conditions will be simplified in a bid to make entitlement easier to understand. In the current system, bereavement benefits are taken into account when calculating entitlement to means tested benefits and Bereavement Allowance and Widowed Parent's Allowance are both included within the Benefit Cap. Bereavement Support Payment on the other hand will not affect benefit entitlement and will not be included within the Benefit Cap.

Other changes

Free childcare

The current entitlement of 15 hours free childcare per week for 38 weeks a year for parents of all 3 and 4 year olds will be doubled in 2017 to allow an additional 15 hours free childcare per week for working parents who meet the following conditions. The parents must earn, on average, the weekly equivalent of 16 hours at the current national minimum/living wage rate. In couples, both parents must be working and earning above the required amount. There is also a maximum earnings limit of £100,000 per year.

Because the condition is about average weekly earnings rather than hours, you don't actually need to be working 16 hours a week, you just need to earn 16 times the national minimum/living wage, which for over 25 year olds will amount to £120 a week. 

Parents who don't meet the conditions for the additional hours will still be entitled to the current 15 hours free childcare per week.

Free TV licence - over 75 year olds

There will be a change in the way the free TV licence for those 75 or over is funded, with the cost being passed by the government to the BBC. This amounted to £608 million in 2013/2014 and the BBC will need to include it in their own budget from 2017/2018.

Market rents for social housing 'pay to stay'

On 21 November 2016 the Government announced that the mandatory pay to stay scheme would not be introduced. Councils and housing associations will retain discretion over whether or not to implement higher rents for tenants with higher incomes.

The scheme would have meant that social housing tenants who live in London and have an income of £40,000 or more, would see their rent increased to a market or near market rate. Those outside London, would have been affected if their income is £30,000 or more. The introduction of this policy was to be voluntary for Housing Associations but compulsory for Councils.

More Than Food - Money Life

SWINDON Foodbank is set to offer support services along with food in the near future, following the introduction of a scheme to help tackle debt and financial difficulties 

Volunteers from the charity have received training in how to signpost service users to much-needed financial services as they help them out with food boxes. 

“People are just getting by but they are having to make the choice between paying the bills and keeping a roof over their heads or putting food on the table for their children, which no-one should have to do.”

Please follow these links to the recent stories in The Swindon Advertiser

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15044325.Swindon_Foodbank_branches_out_with_debt_advice_scheme/  

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15028966.Poor_families_could_struggle_as_living_costs_exceed_welfare_payments/#

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14879263.Numbers_at_food_bank_on_the_increase/

Donate online - all major credit or debit cards acceptedDonate Online

You can support Swindon Foodbank by donating online or by regular standing order.

A regular donation of  any amount will be gratefully received and will also attract Gift Aid if you are a tax payer. 

We need £30,000 to keep the service operational this year - please help.

If you would like to ensure that the valuable work of Swindon Foodbank continues, there are a number of ways you can donate to help financially support us:

  • Donate on line: using Virgin Money Giving
  • Donate on line: using Paypal. You don’t even need a PayPal account! Just your credit or debit card.

Please click on the "more info button below.

Thank you.

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Please sign the petition to get supermarkets to add a donate to Foodbank button to their on-line sites

So far in January and February we have assisted just over 1000 people.  This is an increase on last year for the same period of 150 people!!


Raise Funds for Swindon Foodbank

Want to help us by raising £££ to keep our operation going?

Well we've put together a list of fundraising ideas that will let you have fun while helping local people in "Food Crisis".

One simple idea is to “POP ON A POUND” to one of the tins you are donating. Thank You.


Just click here to download the list now.

We need £30,000 this year to keep the service operational - Please donate now. Thank you.

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