40% Rise In Foodbank Use In Orkney

Local MSP Maree Todd, SNP,  has slammed the UK government’s cuts to welfare, after new figures revealed that foodbank use in Orkney has risen by a massive 40% since last year. This significant hike in numbers visiting the foodbank in Kirkwall has seen a jump from 263 in the period April 1 to September 30, 2017 – made up of 174 adults and 89 children – to 368 for the period April 1 to September 30, 2018 – 225 adults and 143 children.