Rise in use of foodbanks “lamentable,” says Bishop
25th April 2019
The Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, said:
“On the day after the Institute of Fiscal Studies has pointed out that 2 million claimants of Universal Credit will be at least £1000 a year worse off, the Trussell Trust has announced that the number of food parcel distributed over the last 5 years has increase by 73%.
“It is lamentable in one of the richest countries in the world 1.6m people have needed food parcels over the past year to make ends meet.
“Having visited a number of foodbanks here in the Diocese of St Albans I am aware of the problems that many people are facing, as well as the amazing work being done by many churches in providing food and through volunteering in foodbanks. Working in partnership with others, their charitable work is a sign of grassroots commitment to social justice. I am grateful for the hard work that they undertake, often with little recognition.
“Clearly, the government needs to look again at the details of Universal Credit and other benefits, as well as the wide scale problem of in-work poverty.
“We in the churches are standing by and we are keen to work with government to see how we can improve the situation. “