Oldham’s Foodbanks need your help after Universal Credit cause shortages

I visited Oldham Foodbank last week to meet with the team and hear of the direct impact that universal credit is having on people. You can see more here.

The Trussell Trust’s recent report on universal credit shows the direct impact it is having on increased foodbank use. The report stated that last year, foodbanks in areas of full Universal Credit rollout have seen a 16.85% average increase in referrals for emergency food, more than double the national average of 6.64%.

Oldham Foodbank provides families who have fallen on hard times with food packages which cover them for three days. Shockingly, the foodbank has seen the number of these 3 day parcels more than double over the last two years due to this government’s social security changes with universal credit being the main driver behind this. The compounding factor is the delay of 6 weeks with some people waiting for 8-12 weeks before the first payment of universal credit is made.

This is the cruel reality of universal credit. As the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, I will continue to pressure the government to pause and fix universal credit. I won’t give up and Labour won’t give up.

Given the increase in emergency food parcels, many foodbanks are struggling with the surge in demand and require more food donations. If you can help a foodbank in your local area please do. Below you can find details of your local foodbank and food items that are urgently required.

Oldham Foodbank
The Three Crowns Centre
1-3 Manchester Street
Opening times, Tues, Wed, Thurs, 11:00-14:00. Fri, 11:00-16:00
0161 622 1061

Urgently needed items and food location points can be found here.

Shaw & Crompton Churches Together
The Salvation Army
Farrow Street East
Opening Times: Mon, 11:00-14:00

South Chadderton Methodist Church
Thompson Lane
Opening Times: Mon, 11:00-14:00

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