‘Savage’ cuts forcing local families to ask for food - councillor

Sinn Fein Councillor Colly Kelly.

Sinn Fein Councillor Colly Kelly.

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The spike in families needing help from foodbanks is an indictment of the British Government’s cuts agenda, a local councillor has warned.

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly was speaking after a new report from Age NI revealed that the numbers of people here using food banks has increased by almost 500%. One Derry foodbank meanwhile has this year given away food parcels equivalent to more than 12,000 meals in just four months, with demand expected to soar further in the coming weeks in the run up to Christmas.“This is a direct result of the British Government’s year-on-year savage cuts to the block grant,” Colr. Kelly said. “The austerity policies coming from the Tory government in London are disastrous for the people of the North. More and more people are struggling to put food on the table and are being forced to rely on food banks just to get the simple necessities to survive. The millionaires in the Tory cabinet are more concerned about their friends in the banks whose greed crashed the economy than the growing numbers of people who are using food banks just to get by.”He added that all parties in the Executive must unite to challenge the cuts agenda.