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Tory welfare policy driving more people to food banks - Boyle

Published: 1 December, 2014

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has said the dramatic increase in the numbers using food banks is an indictment of the welfare cuts agenda of the British government.

Speaking after it was reported that there has been a huge increase in the numbers of people using food banks, the West Tyrone MLA said,

"The latest report from Age NI shows that the numbers of people in the North using food banks has increased by almost 500 per cent. This huge increase is worrying and is an indication of the growing levels of poverty people are experiencing.

"This is a direct result of the British government's year-on-years savage cuts to the block grant. The austerity policies coming from the Tory government in London are disastrous for the people of the North.

"More and more people are struggling to put food on the table and are being forced to rely on food banks just to get the simple necessities to survive. This is evident in the Strabane district with many relying on the food bank here in Strabane town.

"We need to see all parties in the Executive speaking with a united voice and challenging the British government on their welfare cuts agenda to protect the most vulnerable in our society."