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Community Poverty in Stoke

Foodbank usage in Stoke-on-Trent has increased by 46% since Universal Credit was introduced.

Ruth Smeeth, MP for Stoke-on-Trent North and Kidsgrove, cited the statistics which she says show the Government’s new Universal Credit system has led to a sharp rise in the demand at foodbanks in the city.

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University isn’t always irresponsible drinking and napping in lectures. For some students, life is difficult and feel like no-one can help them. The most common problem students face is money. How to budget, what do to if Student Finance is late, how to get by on pennies? The volunteer run charity, Food Hub, supply food for students who cannot afford their own.


Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been awarded £4.3 million additional funding to help around 10,000 disadvantaged families across the city after applying for the Transformation Challenge Award.

The award will allow the council to help vulnerable people and families living in the city get the support they need faster.


A councillor has blasted Stoke-on-Trent City Council after figures revealed it has spent just 16% of £1.7 million in three government grants designed to help poorer people.

Cllr Dave Conway said the local authority was failing the people it needs to help, after he obtained figures showing it hadn’t given out hundreds of thousands of pounds available.