New data released on 13th November shows April to September 2019 to be the busiest half-year period for food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network since the charity opened. During the six months, 823,145 three-day emergency food parcels were given to people in crisis in the UK; more than a third of these (301,653) went to children.
This is a 23% increase on the same period in 2018 – the sharpest rate of increase the charity has seen for the past five years.
The main reasons for people needing emergency food are low benefit income (36%), and delays (18%) or changes (16%) to benefits being paid.
The new figures come just a week after the Trussell Trust released State of Hunger, the most in-depth study ever published into hunger and the drivers of food bank use in the UK.
The Environment and Energy Institute in the University of Hull is conducting a survey to ask residents if they have been affected flooding, what they know about flooding and their main concerns. All responses are anonymous. The aims of the survey are to help Living with Water (a partnership between Hull City Council, Yorkshire Water, the Environment Agency and East Riding of Yorkshire Council) improve awareness of flood protection measures, provide new solutions, and help make people safer.
Last year they conducted the survey in parts of Hull, the results of which will be made available soon.
This year they are conducting a survey of residents in Haltemprice (Cottingham North & South, Hessle, Tranby, Willerby and Kirk Ella). It would be a big help if residents could complete the survey and pass it on to other people.
The person managing the survey is Sam Ramsden, who will be very happy to answer any questions you may have: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07887 364381
From the Independent
Councils will need billions of pounds in extra funding to meet the rising costs of adult social care, even if council tax increases at double the rate of inflation, a new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) warns.
A growing elderly population and a rise in the number of disabled adults mean English councils will need an additional £4bn a year from the government by the end of the parliament just to maintain social care services at current levels and stop further cut backs on other services such as children’s social care and housing, the report predicts.
It finds that government measures intended to alleviate the problem – including an additional £1.3bn in funding for councils next year and allowing councils with social care responsibilities to increase council tax by up to 4 per cent – could be just a “lull in the storm”.
The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) has released a podcast discussing safeguarding for sports organisations. The podcast provides guidance to help sports clubs and organisations put safeguards in place to create a safe environment for children and young people taking part in sport.
Government funding for installing gigabit-capable broadband is now available for some of the hardest-to-reach rural places in the UK through the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit-capable connection. Businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can benefit from the scheme with a voucher worth £500 as part of a group project.
Check whether you are likely to be eligible for the rural gigabit voucher and search for a registered supplier by looking up your postcode on the website
‘Wild Humber’, a new TV documentary from Humber Nature Partnership, celebrating spectacular bird migration on the Humber, is now available on Youtube.
This 25 minute documentary, filmed entirely on the Humber, showcases the amazing stories of some of the long distance bird migrants visiting the estuary.
Local experts explain why the estuary is so important for birds, what draws the birds (and us) to the Humber and how we play a vital role in their survival.
The programme was made possible by a generous grant from the National Grid Community Fund.
The programme holds an important conservation message which the Partnership wish to spread as widely as possible. They welcome your feedback on the programme via email@example.com. Please take a few moments to tell them what you thought of it.
In related content, DEFRA have pubished their survey, in conjunction with the RSPB, of wild bird populations from 1970 – 2018 – you can read it as an online pdf here
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) is holding a Christmas Card Design Competition and there is a £50 Amazon voucher for the winner!
Entries can be submitted by individuals (no age restriction!) or on behalf of a group or community
Entries should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 22nd November
Deadline 6th December
Hull City Council’s Customer Insight Team is conducting some regional workforce research on awareness of the effects of the menopause in the workplace across the region.
Results will help local employers to support their all of their staff at work, creating a more supportive working environment. It could also help organisations to better manage and even reduce levels of potentially avoidable sickness absence due to the symptoms of the menopause.
The survey is aimed at everyone – men as well as women, younger and older.
Employment rates among women is falling locally. Self-employment among women locally is low. Employers need to ensure that they provide welcoming, supportive workplaces, accessible to everyone.
Around half of the workforce will personally experience the menopause. The other half will live or work with women who will, at some point, go through the menopause. So this research needs input from everyone.
If this survey proves successful, the Council may look to undertake further workforce research into other issues that affect local working people. In this survey, there is a space for people to tell them what other workplace issues they might explore in the future.
This report is the conclusion of the Low Pay Commission’s two year review of the National Minimum Wage rates for under 25s.
Overall, the Review concluded that the evidence supports extending the NLW to workers aged 21-24. They believe this can be achieved without harming their employment prospects, provided that employers are given sufficient advance notice so that they can prepare.
But because the evidence indicates a difference in the labour market position of 21 to 22 year olds and those aged 23 and over, a two-step approach is recommended .
Under this approach the Government would announce this autumn that the age of eligibility for the NLW will be 23 from April 2021, along with a commitment to reduce the threshold to 21 at a later date.
The LPC will then review the evidence and advise the Government in October 2022 on the appropriate timetable for the next step.
They have also published two pieces of research commissioned to support the review. You can read them here
‘Locked in extreme poverty’: landmark research shows households at food banks have only £50 a week to live on
Commissioned by the Trussell Trust and conducted by Heriot-Watt University, State of Hunger 2019 is the most authoritative piece of independent research into hunger in the UK to date. It reveals the average weekly income of people at food banks is only £50 after paying rent, and almost one in five have no money coming in at all in the month before being referred for emergency food.
- 94% of people at food banks are destitute
- Almost three-quarters of people at food banks live in households affected by ill-health or disability
- 22% of people at food banks are single parents – compared to 5% in the UK population**
- More than three-quarters of people referred to food banks were in arrears
The first annual report of a three-year long research project, it shows definitively for the first time the three drivers hitting people simultaneously and leaving no protection from hunger and poverty. These drivers are problems with the benefits system, ill health and challenging life experiences, and a lack of local support.