A report by the University of Oxford published last week has found that over half of Trussell Trust foodbank users belong to a household with a disabled person in it. The report also found that benefits sanctions and delays in benefits payments are a major cause of foodbank use, with claimants in the work-related activity group of employment and support allowance particularly at risk.
The report looked at over 400 households that have used foodbanks. It found that:
- Over 50% of households included a disabled person.
- 75% experienced ill health in their household.
- Mental health conditions affected people in 1/3 of households.
- Nearly 2 in 5 people were awaiting a benefit payment, with most of these waiting up to 6 weeks, though a fifth were waiting 7 weeks or more. A third of delays were for Employment Support Allowance payments, with people in…
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