Cost of living crisis – heating or eating?

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Glossopdale families are being forced to use foodbanks as food, fuel and housing costs rise and as inflation hits 9.1%, and energy prices rocket, many families now face a choice between eating or heating.

Glossop and Hadfield’s Labour councillors work closely with local charities to provide extra support to help families with fuel costs and made sure that High Peak council housing rents remain low. Unlike, our Conservative MP who voted against plans to extend free school meals and whose government has just rejected plans to extend free school meals to all families on Universal Credit.

In Derbyshire NHS figures show that 318 cases of malnutrition were diagnosed along with three cases of scurvy caused by poor diet. Leading national foodbank charity, the Trussell Trust reports that 2.1 million parcels were provided for people facing hardship between April 2021 and March 2022 – 830,000 of these were for children. An increase of more than 80% in five years!

Right: Gill and Ollie Cross, who help out at Bellies not Bins in Hadfield, say: “Demand is starting to creep up again.” Glossopdale Foodbank provided 47,844 meals to over 3,445 adults and 1,871 children during 2021; with on average 200 referrals a month. Stuart Coles, from People of Whitfield which runs Whitfield and Glossop Foodclub, says need for the club is building again. It has 150 members and also delivers food parcels to housebound families.

G52 runs a community pantry in Gamesley. As well as the pantry it provides a range of other services including hot meals, and resident support workers. Hadfield’s Bellies not Bins is a food recycling project which provides 70-85 food parcels a week.

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