Increase Child Benefit or fund foodbanks?

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Food poverty experts have called on the Scottish Government to increase Child Benefit by £5 a week rather than fund foodbanks - do you agree?

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8th July 2016 by TFN Staff 2 Comments

Should the Scottish Government increase Child Benefit or fund foodbanks?

Poll results (total votes: 77)

Should the Scottish Government increase Child Benefit or fund foodbanks?
Answer:
Child Benefit
Votes:
61
Ratio:
79.22%
Answer:
Foodbanks
Votes:
16
Ratio:
20.78%

A report from the Independent Short Life Working Group on Food Poverty this week called on the Scottish Government to use its powers to combat poverty with a fairer social security system. Specifically, it suggested increasing Child Benefit by £5 a week, a move it says will raise 30,000 children out of poverty and reduce the need for foodbanks.

What do you think? The Scottish Government is this year committing £1m to the Fairer Food Fund, which foodbanks can apply to. Is it fairer to give this money straight to the people who need it, or do you think it goes further supporting volunteer-run community initiatives?

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12th July 2016 by Craig Crosthwaite

As a foodbank coordinator I would rather household resilience is enhanced than fund foodbanks.

15th July 2016 by Sue Downie

I think food banks have sprung up due to a clearly identified need. But no matter how well run, they require the individual to identify themselves as 'in need' in some way - which undermines personal dignity and can exacerbate hopelessness. Much better that benefits are increased for all.