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Concern over Bute food bank statistics

Sixty packs of supplies were distributed by Bute's food bank during its first three months of operation.

Sixty packs of supplies were distributed by Bute's food bank during its first three months of operation.

 

The manager of Bute Advice Centre has voiced her concern at figures which show that two-thirds of those who used the island’s food bank in its first three months were disabled.

Julie Semple told the centre’s EGM in Rothesay that of the 38 people who used the food bank between January 1 and March 31, 12 had mental health problems and a further 14 had other disabilities.

A total of 60 packs of supplies were provided during the three-month period, each with enough items to last for three days.

The statistics were compiled in a report by centre manager Julie Semple for an EGM of the organisation, held in Rothesay on July 2.

In her report Mrs Semple said: “It is concerning that two thirds of those using the food bank are disabled.

“Advisers at BAC are working to ensure that disabled people, in particular, using the food bank are supported with debt management, budgeting skills, income maximisation etc to help alleviate difficulties.”

* More on this story in the July 11 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.

 

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