The Salvation Army Warns The UK Is Approaching A Poverty Tipping Point

Written by: Posted on: 31 May 2020

The Salvation Army has warned that its food banks and poverty prevention schemes are experiencing unprecedented demand, with two-thirds of UK adults concerned about the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

In attempts to meet the current demand for food bank support, The Salvation Army has revealed that they have opened distribution hubs across the country to supply around 22,000 basic food parcels for families on the edge in the UK.
The Salvation Amry released their findings from a food distribution survey for one week, which showed:
– There is currently a 63% surge in households given food support by corps
– Corps recorded a 174% increase in households being provided with food support
These disturbing figures are revealed ahead of an announcement expected to be revealed by the Chancellor surrounding changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – which could create further job losses for people who are currently furloughed by their employer.

The Salvation Army’s leader in the UK and Ireland, Commissioner Anthony Cotterill said: “It’s years since we have seen poverty to be such a real and present danger for so many people.

“We really welcome the initial action the government has taken to support income through the furlough scheme, but we are worried that the communities we work in will be reeling from the economic fall out for many years.

We are approaching a poverty tipping point. Our immediate focus is scaling up our provision to get food and support to people who need it now, from families unable to pay utility bills to rough sleepers struggling to feed themselves.

“We are also looking at the long-term picture. Our Employment Plus Advisors will help people find work; we will continue to support stretched families juggling minimum wage jobs with childcare, and our Debt Advisors will help people make ends meet’

“We are doing everything we can to stop thousands of people sliding into poverty.”