Welfare Reform implications

At last there are signs that winter is behind us however despite the spring flowers bringing a smile to our faces for some there may be no joy in them. So spare a thought for those who are struggling and whose only consolation may be that they do not have run the heating quite so much.  We at Swindon Foodbank are bracing ourselves for the Welfare Reform Act to take effect in April.

There are many people in our community who are worried what the impact will be on the ability to feed themselves. With changes such as the under occupancy payments and the reduction in Council Tax benefits some will now have to pay the shortfall directly from benefits received. 

It's not just those out of work that are feeling the pinch. It is not uncommon for us to receive calls from people in work whose wages just no longer meet the basics or are struggling on state pension, this year again we are forecasting a rise in the numbers that come through our doors for help.

More than ever the food you donate is helping those who are facing a crisis. 
Thank you for your support.

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