Council stocking food for crisis

BBC report says Birmingham City Council is to buy provisions for food banks over fears stocks are running low.

Foodbanks were “increasingly running out of food earlier and earlier in the day”, Labour council leader Ian Ward said (

The council has a £5m cost-of-living support package, some of which may well have to be used by countless council workers who have suffered numerous attacks on wages, terms and conditions in recent years, to say nothing of those made redundant.

The money will also be used “to create warm spaces in the city” and increase benefit take-up. Interestingly the funding is coming from the authority’s reserves, millions of pounds they’ve been unwilling to spend on services, wages and improvements previously.

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