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Foodbank demand surges as more families struggle with fuel poverty

Expensive heating bills have had a "crippling" effect on how well families can feed their children, according to a newspaper report.

The Mirror has been speaking to volunteers at foodbanks across the country off the back of the Channel 4 Dispatches documentary 'Breadline Kids', which aired on Monday (June 9th).

Giving evidence of how bad the situation has become over the last year to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Food Poverty, 30-year-old mum Holly Billen from Salisbury said: "We were both working very hard but couldn’t afford electric and gas. The bank took charges and suddenly my card didn’t work. 

It's hoped the government's Green Deal initiative can go some way towards helping people to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, with grants of up to £7,600 available to subsidise the cost of installing measure like solid wall insulation, which can significantly reduce heating costs.

Posted by Helen Hughes