Growing Demand For Charity Services As Cuts To Welfare And Public Services Hit Britain’s Most Vulnerable

We are continuously hearing about tax rises and public sector cuts and this week we are once again reminded of the reality that we are facing. According to a report published by Oxfam, the spending cuts mean the UK could return to inequality levels not seen since Victorian times. From increasing unemployment, rising cost of living and falling incomes as well as cuts to welfare and public services, those in and out of work are vulnerable. This report emphasises that the 13.5 million people living in poverty are being hit the hardest by the government’s deficit reduction strategy.

Whilst we are seeing tax rises of £29 billion, public sector cuts are as high as £99 billion. Since the start of the recession, the number of people unable to find full time employment has risen by 73 per cent. As a result, the number of people who are in work but having to claim Housing Benefit has more than doubled.

The underlying message here is that whilst more working people are forced to turn to the welfare system, the cuts to benefits is causing increased distress. The number of people contacting charities for support is continuously on an increase – thousands more each year are relying on food banks.

There is also a growing demand for advice and guidance from charity helplines on issues such as money and employment as well as emotional support for those experiencing stress or anxiety.

By offering a 24/7 helpline, charities are able to reach those who are most vulnerable and provide them with the advice, guidance and support that they need to overcome difficult circumstances.

Connect Assist is already helping a number of charities reach those in need. For further information, go to http://www.connectassist.co.uk/third-sector/

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