Charity reports increase in calls

The number of people in Sudbury contacting the Citizens Advice Bureau about food banks has risen sharply.

CAB manager Ann Furlonger says the rise in inquiries in the last six months is alarming, and shows how desperate some families have become.

“We were getting an average of one inquiry a month – now it’s five a month from people who need help,” she said.

“The combined impact of welfare upheaval, cuts to public spending, low wages and the high cost of living are putting unbearable pressure on many households, forcing them to seek emergency help putting food on the table.

“The alarming rise in inquiries in the last six months shows that, despite good news about falling unemployment, millions are still facing hard times.”

She added the bureau’s figures for the eastern region had shot up with nearly 500 inquiries against 179 for quarter three last year.