Martin Lewis gives cash support

Martin Lewis gives cash support

Martin Lewis gives cash support

First published in News

MONEY-saving expert Martin Lewis has donated a six figure sum to help Salisbury-based charity the Trussell Trust introduce a pilot triage system for its foodbanks scheme.

The scheme will see foodbanks partner with debt and money-management charities to provide instant financial help to people who can’t afford to feed their families.

The pilot project was announced as new research shows that more than one in ten UK families have taken out a pay day loan to make ends meet in the last year and a quarter of UK families have fallen into debt to be able to provide for the family. Over 900,000 people received three days’ emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks in 2013/14 financial year – 163 per cent more than the previous year.

David McAuley, Trussell Trust chief executive said: “By introducing a financial triage service in foodbanks, where clients are able to connect with free financial and debt advice, people will be given professional help to manage tight finances, avoid payday lenders and structure debt to prevent the situation from getting worse and to help people break out of crisis much faster.”

Mr Lewis added: “Those who go to foodbanks are already open to asking for help.

“They’ve rightly prioritised the urgent need to feed themselves and their children. “Yet if we can intervene at that point to start to get their financial lives back on track, by approachable, non-judgemental help, it will hopefully cut down the number of return visits.”

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9:32pm Sun 17 Aug 14

karlmarx says...

Absolutely astounding! Thanks a million Martin. It's so refreshing to see someone who cares these days, very rare indeed.
Absolutely astounding! Thanks a million Martin. It's so refreshing to see someone who cares these days, very rare indeed. karlmarx
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9:44am Mon 18 Aug 14

liz.dore.mail@googlemail.com says...

Excellent news and outstanding support in an area where much help is needed to navigate the benefits and support systems which get more and more complicated by the day. This additional complexity and having to deal with remote offices online and via the phone is one of the reasons why more people are using foodbanks.
Excellent news and outstanding support in an area where much help is needed to navigate the benefits and support systems which get more and more complicated by the day. This additional complexity and having to deal with remote offices online and via the phone is one of the reasons why more people are using foodbanks. liz.dore.mail@googlemail.com
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8:48pm Mon 18 Aug 14

karlmarx says...

Of course the main reason for the increased need for food banks is the DWP assault on those who need assistance in the first place, thus forcing them further into poverty and starvation. Of course the enquiry into the soaring need for food banks (whatever happened to that?) of which our local MP is part of will come up with a different conclusion now that the DWP has imposed a ban on recording the reason for the food bank referral. Also we have to consider the strange anomaly whereby those IN WORK are being forced to turn to food banks. Making work pay?
Of course the main reason for the increased need for food banks is the DWP assault on those who need assistance in the first place, thus forcing them further into poverty and starvation. Of course the enquiry into the soaring need for food banks (whatever happened to that?) of which our local MP is part of will come up with a different conclusion now that the DWP has imposed a ban on recording the reason for the food bank referral. Also we have to consider the strange anomaly whereby those IN WORK are being forced to turn to food banks. Making work pay? karlmarx
  • Score: -1

5:42pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Palamountain says...

If I went to the CAB with a bank statement showing I was existing on not much more than the state pension would I be referred to the Trussel Trust. The fact that in another bank the majority of my income was being deposited !!!!!!
If I went to the CAB with a bank statement showing I was existing on not much more than the state pension would I be referred to the Trussel Trust. The fact that in another bank the majority of my income was being deposited !!!!!! Palamountain
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