In another indication of the rising cost of living crisis affecting so many people across the UK and South West , BCP because the UK's 3rd highest council area for those struggling to afford food shopping. A staggering 24% of residents now worry about their financial ability to buy food. This is the result of the pandemic and a lack of government and council support for those hardest hit by the pandemic and subsequent recession.
In fact the only action Conservative Chair for the Health and Wellbeing Board at BCP Council could point to tackle was hidden hunger and the recruiting of a fully funded food coordinator - measures taken by the previous Lib Dem led administration back in 2019. It is time for Conservatives both nationally and locally to wake up to this impending crisis as Brexit shortages and the pandemic continue to have an upwards effect on process whilst wages go nowhere and the 40% of people claiming Universal Credit whilst in low paid work lose the £20 a week uplift.
Poole already has one of the largest and most well supported foodbanks in the country, but they cannot be expected to fill every gap created by the failure of the government and the council.