The coronavirus pandemic has affected quite a number of families across the UK especially the low-income earners. Most charities are raising concern over the failure of the UK government support to protect low-income families. The food bank charities in the country said that the first month of the national crackdown was their “busiest ever”.
According to the records made by charities, between March and April, there was a huge escalation in the demand for food assistance, which made charities to believe that current social security measures are not enough to fully assist the poorer households.
In the month of April, one of the largest food bank networks in the UK, Trussell Trust, gave out 89 per cent more food parcels as compared to the same month last year. Another food bank, Independent Food Aid Network (Ifan) recorded a surge of 175 per cent over the same period.
A spokesperson of the government said: “We understand that this is a difficult time for people on low incomes and we’ve taken significant action to support those affected by coronavirus including through income protection schemes, mortgage holidays and additional support for renters.
“For those most in need we’ve injected more than £6.5bn into the welfare system, which includes an increase to universal credit of up to £1,040 a year. No one has to wait five weeks for money as urgent payments are available, while some people may be eligible for a nine-month grace period where their income is not capped.”
Several households have been depending on government assistance measures like the job retention scheme however, many families were unable to benefit hence there is a need for extra support in the following months.