CHARITIES are under more financial pressure than ever before with the economic downturn yet more and more people are turning to them for help.
People are finding it harder to make ends meet and many who have never had to seek advice or support before are now doing so.
More than 900 people have contacted Huddersfield Methodist Mission – a 400% increase on the previous year – and they are giving out more food parcels than ever before.
The main causes are increases in the price of food, utility and fuel bills, redundancies and lack of a permanent home. None of these look set to improve any time soon
It’s looking grim with increasing numbers becoming homeless and, more worryingly, benefits reassessments are leaving people without money or food.
If this is what’s happening now, what support will there be when the huge cuts really begin to bite?
And how many more will start to suffer from homelessness, poverty and all the physical and mental harm that can cause?