Nottingham faces another year as being deemed the poorest city in the UK as foodbanks and emergency housing facilities increase in demand. The Office of National Statistics has released data that Nottingham has the least disposable income of any UK city as well as the largest number of people using a foodbank seen since the recession.
New figures show more than 26,000 people used foodbanks in Nottinghamshire last year – 11,000 of those were children who had to seek emergency help, especially during the school summer holidays when their parents or guardians couldn’t afford to support them.
These figures have been released by the Trussell Trust, a nationwide charity that provides emergency food and support to people locked in poverty. In her maiden speech this month, Nadia Whittome, Nottingham East MP of the Labour party spoke to the House of Commons about the ‘new poverty’ Nottingham faces.
Nadia said in her speech, “Jobs without decent incomes, security and a future are creating the new poverty. The new poverty in Britain is people in work.” In the speech she expressed concerns about delivery companies such as Deliveroo and Uber earning less than minimum living wage and that having a minimum wage job today means being closer to struggling with poverty and her fight to reverse the struggles her constituency and city experience.
“Jobs without decent incomes, security and a future are creating the new poverty. The new poverty in Britain is people in work.”
Nadia Whittome, Nottingham labour mp
The Trussell Trust is urging the government to end the five day wait for people to gain access to universal credit as during those days the struggle people face who haven’t prepared for losing a regular wage means living on the breadline.