“Foodbank use at record high across Capital” Edinburgh Evening News

Ash Denham, SNP MSP for Edinburgh Eastern, has criticised the UK government for “driving families to food banks” after new figures reveal the number of food parcels has increased over the past year. 

The Trussell Trust’s annual foodbank statistics show that the number of food parcels distributed in Scotland surged by 17% in 2017-18 to record levels – with Tory welfare policy remaining the main driver. 

Benefit delays and sanctions are the primary reason for referrals, with the roll-out of universal credit a factor in the rise. 

The SNP have called on the UK government to reverse the benefits freeze and introduce a real living wage to help ensure families have enough money to live on. 

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