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Why are people using Scottish food banks?

Trussell Trust food banks were visited by 10,489 people in December 2014 - a third of them were children Image copyright Thinkstock
Image caption Trussell Trust food banks were visited by 10,489 people in December 2014 - a third of them were children

BBC Scotland has obtained new figures from the Trussell Trust that reveal a record number of adults and children relied upon their food banks in Scotland in December 2014.

Often seen as a necessity only for the unemployed or those on welfare, the Trust's data suggests even people with jobs are receiving emergency food packages.

For the first time in 2014, the majority of users blamed low income - and not welfare benefit delays or changes - for having to rely on emergency food packages from the Trust.

Here is a breakdown, by food bank, of the three most common reasons cited by people who used Trussell Trust food banks in December 2014.

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Some notes about food banks missing from this table:

  • Edinburgh Central functions as part of the Edinburgh NW food bank;
  • Moray and Rutherglen and Cambuslang food banks have had ongoing issues with their data collection systems;
  • Cumbernauld and Kilsyth food banks are undergoing development and have not yet opened to the public.
Why did people use food banks this winter?
Food bank Benefit changes Benefit delays Low income
Aberdeen 18% 16% 39%
Aberdeenshire North 17% 26% 34%
Aberdeenshire South 5% 10% 43%
Airdrie 14% 10% 50%
Alness and Invergordon 74% 8% 5%
Angus 21% 19% 24%
Ayrshire (East) 17% 29% 23%
Badenoch and Strathspey 6% 44% 33%
Caithness 9% 27% 48%
Clyde, Avon and Nethan 5% 5% 75%
Dingwall 26% 41% 0%
Dundee 20% 24% 24%
Dunfermline 26% 22% 19%
East Dunbartonshire 24% 19% 20%
East Lothian 13% 15% 10%
East Renfrewshire 14% 33% 28%
Edinburgh NE 7% 23% 39%
Edinburgh NW 11% 32% 36%
Edinburgh SE 12% 25% 38%
Edinburgh SW 21% 25% 31%
Eilean Siar 0% 33% 0%
Falkirk 11% 32% 21%
Glasgow NE 19% 24% 22%
Glasgow NW 10% 26% 15%
Glasgow SE 13% 15% 15%
Glasgow SW 17% 25% 37%
Glenrothes 18% 25% 41%
Hamilton 30% 25% 17%
Highland 9% 24% 28%
Inverclyde 0% 36% 0%
Levenmouth 12% 25% 10%
Lochaber 13% 6% 48%
Midlothian 3% 14% 33%
North Ayrshire 24% 26% 26%
Orkney 14% 20% 24%
Peeblesshire 0% 11% 11%
Perth and Kinross 17% 23% 30%
Renfrewshire 13% 24% 40%
South Ayrshire 8% 35% 35%
South Skye and Lochalsh 50% 0% 25%
Tain 15% 47% 12%
West Lothian 9% 31% 25%
Wigtownshire 5% 74% 10%

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