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Foodbanks in Birmingham are at their busiest ever. With Universal Credit being rolled out there are fears things will get worse. Josh Layton reports. A few days before Christmas this busy food bank in Birmingham handed out more than two tonnes of food.

More than 230 people turned up for help – looking for supplies to see them through the festive period as they struggled to pay bills.

Volunteers at the B30 foodbank in Cotteridge Church, Pershore Road compared it to a war zone, saying it was their busiest December on record. Now they fear the roll out of Universal Credit in the area will only raise this level of need.

In the church hall last Friday people receiving supplies told us of how the service is a lifeline in times of hardship and food crisis.

What these shocking stories show is how anyone could easily be left in a situation where they are relying on foodbank donations to survive.

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source: Birmingham Live
published: 6 February 2018