MP’s disbelief at food bank figures

Angus MP Mike Weir has spoken of his shock after figures revealed the number of people using food banks has tripled in the past year.

It is thought that 23,000 Scots, including 7,000 children are receiving emergency food aid.

Mr Weir said: “The rise in the numbers seeking help from food banks is shocking.

“That this situation should be happening in a highly developed country is a terrible indictment of the policies being pursued by Westminster.

“These figures produced by the Trussell Trust, which runs 400 food banks across the UK, are alarming.

“The Trust have said a third of those being helped were children, and the problem was so severe that some people using food banks have started to hand back items that need cooking, as they cannot afford to use the energy.

“The Red Cross announced last week it would be helping with food aid in the UK for the first time since the Second World War.

“The UK government needs to wake up to this cost of living crisis and stop shunning responsibility.

“The Food Banks themselves are, however, doing a terrific and very valuable job in helping those who find themselves in a dreadful position through no fault of their own.

“It is heartening to see so many people rallying round to help their fellow citizens in time of need.”