- Foodbanks face busiest winter as new data suggests half of all people needing support from foodbanks are on pre-pay meters
- Schemes like Fuel Banks getting immediate help to people in crisis
- However, survey of 410+ foodbanks suggests help for people in fuel poverty is a postcode lottery
In winter time as temperatures drop, people who are on pre-payment meters are particularly at risk of falling into crisis as they have to choose between heating and eating.
Almost half of the people helped by Trussell Trust foodbanks and Durham Christian Partnership not only face hunger but may be unable to afford to keep their heating, hot water, or lights on. New data estimates that 46% of people* visiting their foodbanks are pre-payment meter customers, meaning they are at imminent risk of going cold and hungry if they can’t afford to put money on the meter. (more…)Read more