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Brexit funds for people struggling to afford food

Published: 25 Sep 2019 10:00

Extra £1 million for community projects which help low-income households to eat.

Organisations helping people struggling with food insecurity will benefit from an additional £1 million to deal with the additional pressures of Brexit.

A ‘no deal’ Brexit is likely to push more people into poverty and result in rising food costs.

The charity FareShare will use the additional funding to support organisations like community cafes, food parcel providers and holiday clubs that provide essential support for people struggling to afford healthy meals.

Recent figures show 9% of adults are worried they could run out of food due to a lack of money. This increases to a quarter of single parents and almost one in five adults living in the most deprived areas of Scotland.

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said:

“The UK Government’s ‘no deal’ EU Exit planning assumptions show Brexit will be bad for Scotland and particularly bad for low income households.

“No one in Scotland should be left hungry and have to rely on charitable food donations. Increased living costs pose a significant threat to people who are already struggling to make ends meet and are experiencing food insecurity.

“This new funding of £1 million is in addition to the money we committed earlier this year to help organisations manage the impact of Brexit. It is also on top of the £3.5 million we are making available to tackle food insecurity this year.

“We are considering how best to support those most at risk because it is a prudent thing to do – even though the exact Brexit situation is not yet clear.

“It is outrageous that we are yet again having to fill gaps left by poor decisions from the UK Government, but we continue to tackle poverty head-on. Our support to low income households is estimated at £1.4 billion in 2018-19, and includes £100 million to mitigate UK Government welfare cuts.”

Head of FareShare in Scotland Gillian Kynoch said:

“The Scottish Government has recognised the need to support vulnerable people in our communities and FareShare’s role in getting good food onto the plates of people who need it most.

“We welcome the funding, which will be used to supplement stocks of available surplus food with additional essential supplies.”