The BBC reports:
Household incomes in Wales fell by an average of £80 per month in one year, official figures have shown.
Office of National Statistics figures from 2009/10 to 2010/11 say average UK weekly income fell from £373 to £359, with average household income in Wales 12% lower than the country as a whole.
At the same time over the past year, the number given food parcels in Wales has reached a record 23,000.
A report published by The Trussell Trust shows UK food bank use increasing.
Trussell Trust figures released this week show that foodbanks fed 128,697 people nationwide in the last financial year, compared to 61,468 in 2010-11: an increase of 109%. Many of those helped were families struggling as a result of rising food and fuel prices combined with static incomes, high unemployment and changes to benefits. 45,898 children have been fed in the last 12 months
In addition the ONS “Measuring National Well-being - Personal Finance, 2012“ report states:
In the UK in 2010, 4.8 million households (approximately 19 per cent of all UK households) were in fuel poverty, a fall of 0.7 million since 2009
Interactive map of Food Banks in the UK:
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