The Guardian gives coverage of inequality in Cambridge and the effect it has on the people of Abbey.
We were lucky enough to receive a visit at the Food Hub from Aditya Chakrabortty, columnist and senior economics commentator for the Guardian. He wrote an article about the inequality Cambridge is facing, which you can read here.
Here are a few snippets from the article:
In the month since [the £20 Universal Credit reduction], the number of households reliant on the hub has jumped by more than 25%, while the number of fuel and supermarket vouchers given out has tripled.
There’s a new kind of anxiety, too, noted Rachel Karniely, manager of the food hub. “More visitors ask for further support … or even just for someone to talk to.” People she supports now ring her “crying down the phone, expressing suicidal thoughts, because they’re scared they’re going to become homeless because they can’t pay the bills”.
While the pandemic bought challenges for everyone, for many people in Abbey it brought further suffering. As the need in Abbey has increased, our work has grown in step to meet that need. Our employees work exceptionally hard to support those most in need within our community, but we cannot do it without your support. Monthly giving helps us plan our work, knowing that we will be able to support the community in the long-term. Can you commit to a monthly donation and become a friend of Abbey People today?
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