Brighton Food Bank Usage Rises Again

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Food-bank usage in Brighton has risen for the 5th year in a row.

 

Organisers at Brighton and Hove Mission say the crisis is escalating. Project manager, Mike said: ”We have seen an increase in clients and it's definitely noticeable.”

Speaking of the causes of the problem, Mike said: “There is a lack of affordable housing in the city, that and the changes to universal credit means a lot of people are in a difficult situation”

 

Mike also said: “If I was a local MP, I’d be fighting for the people who don’t have as much in this city”

 

Brighton and Hove Mission are working hard to educate people on the way food-banks work, to remove the stigma around being a client of one.

 

Mike said “We are certainly trying to educate people, and I think there is a better knowledge now” he also said “People used to assume that food-bank clients were scroungers, but now they’re starting to realise they’re just regular people in a very difficult situation”.

 

Speaking to local residents the general feeling was that food-banks are good, but it’s bad that we need them in the first place. One local resident said: "I think we need to have a look at government spending"

 

Councillor Theresa Fowler of the housing committee said: “The problem does lie within housing and universal credit changes. There are plans to make more affordable housing available, but it’s difficult to come up with quick solutions for a problem happening now.”

It remains to be seen how the government will tackle this issue moving forward.

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