High energy prices will make foodbanks across Lincolnshire busier as more people face financial hardship
With the rising energy prices, the cost of living going up, and Universal Credit Claimants losing £20 a week, experts predicts that foodbanks are going to be busier than ever.
That means foodbanks in Cleethorpes, Grimsby, Skegness and across Lincolnshire are going to see record numbers ask for help.
Foodbanks have always been the last resort for tens of thousands of people living in Lincolnshire. They have been the saviour to many who use them, and some believe foodbanks even save lives.
There is nothing to be ashamed of by going to a foodbank for help. They have become the backbone of Lincolnshire and are helping to put food on the table. But now, thanks to the Universal Credit cut, and the rising prices, those foodbanks are going to see a huge influx of people asking for help.
Financial experts and charities are advising we could be in for a rough couple of years. With gas prices expected to go up by 14% in April 2022, and wages not increasing, more people will have to make tough choices.
People will have to choose between putting food on the table or heating their home. These are tough decisions and choices that no one should be forced to make.
During our investigation we have found that people are already making those decisions. We have found some people are cutting everything right back. That includes putting extra clothes on, so they don’t need to put the heating on. No having lights on in their home unless it is essential. And, we have found people being forced to cut right back on their food bill.
One woman we spoke to who did not wished to be named said she is frightened for the future. She explained that makes sure her children are fed properly but she has cut down her portion size and only eats once a day.
She has also made other changes. She no longer drives to work and instead she walks and sometimes catches the buss.
“My car is now off the road. I am now considering selling my car as even though I need it to get to work, it is a luxury I can no longer afford.”
We also spoke to a man who is a single parent of two who says he uses a foodbank. He explained without the foodbank he would struggle to survive.
Some charities have warned that more people this winter will be forced to make even more tough decisions. It is feared that more people than ever before will go into debt, and others will turn to payday lenders to survive.
When we spoke to people from Skegness, Grimsby, and Cleethorpes, many asked if Boris Johnson was sleeping on the job. Some wanted to see a coalition put together to fight the crisis, while others said they wanted Boris Johnson to stand down and let someone more experienced take charge.