Food banks

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​Food Banks Referrals

Advisers often have to refer clients to food banks because their benefits have stopped due to administrative problems

A Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) claimant contacted Advice NI in a state of distress after receiving a letter dated Friday 29th May which arrived on Saturday 30th May stating that his JSA was not payable from 30th May to 12th June. The claimant said that he was anxious all weekend, that he remembered a mix-up regarding a single Steps to Success appointment in February, that he thought that his explanation had been accepted and that he did not know how he would survive as he had no money and no savings.
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Food Banks

​The Growth of Food Banks in Northern Ireland

In 2013, advisers from the independent advice network reported seeing increasing numbers of people seeking advice who were in a critical financial situation, where there was no immediate support available from the social security or tax credit systems.

Advice NI Concern about the Growth of Food Banks in NI

02 December 2013 - 08:54

Advice NI launched a report entitled ‘Turning the Tide’ which highlights the rapid increase in the number people seeking help from emergency food providers and...
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