Food bank figures to rise as cuts bite warns Derry MP

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SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has said the number of food banks and people using them in the Derry & Strabane District Council area will continue to rise in the wake of this week’s British Government plans to cut spending on tax credits.

Mr Durkan was speaking after meeting Strabane Community Project Manager Danny O’Hagan and Food Bank Manager Ursula Gallagher when they discussed the impact of tax credit changes and the possible need for local Food Banks to assist refugees who could be received in the North West.

He said: “The impact of the government’s tax credit changes mean that many households here are going to lose significant amounts of money – which will far outweigh any gains made from the much-trumpeted minimum wage rise.

“The highly-respected Institute for Fiscal Studies have also said that the deepest cuts to tax credits and benefits will hit those people who have jobs.

“Tory cuts to tax credits are estimated to impact upon 3 million families across the UK who will face an average loss of over £1,000 a year.”

Cuts to Tax Credits were approved this week.