The director of a Glasgow foodbank has expressed his worry about the impact Brexit is having on supermarket shortages ahead of the winter months.
Billy Coull, co-director of the Gowanbank Crisis Support Centre, said he is “very concerned” about the effect both Brexit-fuelled shortages and the upcoming cut to Universal Credit will have on young families in the city.
We have reported previously on empty supermarket shelves, with many worrying that shortages will appear in earnest as we head into winter.
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The Gowanbank Crisis Support Centre has donated over 1,000 nappies as part of preparations to ensure that young children are not adversely affected by the cuts.
The centre, based in greater Pollok, has already supported 1,500 deprived children across the south west Glasgow area.
The team work closely with a number of organisations across the region are making preparations to ensure that they are able to support “thousands of people that are going to be pushed further down the poverty line” as a result of cuts.
Centre co-director Billy Coull said: “We are very concerned that the first group of people who are going to feel the strain on their purse strings are parents with young children.
“The cost of living is through the roof with Brexit taking its toll, and lack of deliveries in supermarkets. Promises were made and broken and now the Westminster sheriff is back to tacking from our societies poorest.
“The Gowanbank hub is here for you and will support you where we can, but to continue our work we need the generous help of the public.”
You can find out more about the work the Gowanbank Hub do and make a donation here