Sunday, 14 June 2015

Food charities expect busy summer

Food charities across Britain are warning of a busy summer ahead as a result of rising childcare costs, low wages and the impact of the Government's welfare reforms. The Trussell Trust has already fed 585,229 people in the six months to March 2015, up 7% from the same period a year earlier. David McAuley, chief executive, said: "We expect an increase in need, particularly towards the end of summer… Low income and benefit delays remain major causes of clients referred for emergency food banks." Increasing childcare costs have also been cited as a problem. Stephen Dunmore, chief executive at the Family and Childcare Trust, said: "With holiday childcare costs rising by 23% in England in the five years until 2014, we think it is likely that costs will go up again this year. We are equally concerned about the availability of holiday childcare. New research by the Family and Childcare Trust shows that 39 local authorities across England and Wales have reported a shortage of holiday childcare."

The Independent on Sunday

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