Liberal Democrat Scottish Affairs spokesperson Jamie Stone MP has today said that today’s figures on food bank usage must be a wakeup call to Theresa May as new figures showed a sharp rise in Scotland.
End of year figures from the Trussell Trust show an increase in food bank use in Scotland with 210,605 three-day emergency food supplies being given to people in crisis between April 2018 and March 2019.
This is up from 170,625 in 2018/19, a 23.4% increase.
Commenting, Jamie Stone said:
“Nobody should be forced to use food banks in Britain. If these latest figures are not a wakeup call to Theresa May about how unworkable Universal Credit is, then I don’t know what is.
“The Government has a duty to look after the most vulnerable in society, not drive them to food banks. If the Chancellor really is serious about ending austerity, then he should take note and fix this mess. Actions speak louder than words.
“Instead of standing by their flagship policy, the Tories must pause the roll out immediately and take action to fix it. My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I will continue to do all that we can to press them to do this in Parliament.”