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SFHA Food Bank Appeal

Manor Estates Housing Association gives to local food bank as referrals set to soar this Christmas

Across Scotland, the continued roll-out of Universal Credit is currently having catastrophic consequences on some of the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people. The six-week wait for payment is leading some people to struggle to pay their housing costs or to feed themselves, and food bank referrals are set to soar over the Christmas period.

The Chancellor recently announced new measures in the Budget that are aimed at addressing Universal Credit’s issues, including reducing the six-week wait period to five-weeks in February 2018. While the social housing sector has welcomed the changes, they will have no effect on people who are currently receiving Universal credit or those who will move on to it before the new measures are implemented.

In the run up to Christmas, Manor Estates Housing Association, has been collecting items for a local Food Bank run by the Salvation Army. The collection also included Christmas items, such as Christmas Puddings, Toys and Selection Boxes, which might help to brighten up an otherwise bleak Christmas.

The Food Bank Advent Appeal was led by national membership body Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).

Graeme Russell, Chief Executive, Manor Estates Housing Association, said:

“Welfare reforms, such as Universal Credit, are punishing already vulnerable people and causing crisis situations where they need emergency food supplies.

“With food bank use set to soar this Christmas, and food banks struggling to cope with demand, we decided to collect for the local Salvation Army Food Bank. Although new measures have been announced, they will not helped people who are already receiving Universal Credit or moving on to the policy before the changes are implemented.”

The handover of items to the food bank took place on Friday 15th December at the Gorgie Road, Salvation Army Centre.

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