1.3 million families to rely on food parcels this Christmas, figures suggest

More than 1 million families with children will rely on charity food parcels this Christmas, new research suggests, prompting calls for ministers to better support households whose income has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Findings published by Save the Children indicate that 37 per cent of Britain’s poorest families – about 1.3 million – will turn to food parcels over the festive period, while 21 per cent, or about 760,000, will rely on donated gifts.

The research, based on a survey of 1,000 parents on universal credit or child tax credit who have children under 18, suggests that of the 3.6 million such families across the UK, six in 10 will go into debt over the Christmas period, while one in three will resort to borrowing on credit cards. Read more.