Concern over increase in food bank usage in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 13:00 16 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:11 16 November 2016

A food bank parcel containing supplies.

A food bank parcel containing supplies.


An MP is shocked and concerned about the increasing number of people relying on food banks in the borough.

According to data collected by the Trussell Trust, in the last six months it has been necessary for more than 1,600 residents in Redbridge to claim food parcels compared to 1,424 in the year April 2015 to April 2016.

John Cryer, MP for Leyton and Wanstead, said he is alarmed by the rise in users and is appalled that such support is needed in 21st century Britain.

“Growing poverty is now a real issue in Redbridge and Waltham Forest,” he said.

“This government is making ordinary people poorer and scared for their futures, which has been their agenda from the date they got elected.”

Mr Cryer believes the government is piling “misery” on his constituents and the increase in food bank usage is down to families struggling under challenging conditions.

“It is vital to praise the exceptional work carried out by food banks like The Trussell Trust,” he added.

“They provide a lifeline to people in dire need in my constituency.”

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