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Morning Briefing: food banks warn of Christmas hit

The controversial roll-out of Universal Credit could leave food banks struggling to meet soaring need

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Morning Briefing: food banks warn of Christmas hit #ukhousing

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Food bank networks have told The Guardian that they may struggle to meet an increase in need for emergency food over Christmas as the six-week wait for Universal Credit payments kicks in.

Inside Housing revealed last month that housing associations were having to hand out food parcels and vouchers to tenants on Universal Credit.

The BBC is also reporting that Scottish food banks are experiencing record demand, with a 20% rise seen in the past year.

Also on the BBC: a special report on families living in poor conditions in the private rental sector and the charities struggling to help them.

And The Times’ economics editor, Philip Aldrick, has written in the paper this morning arguing that land reform is the key to solving the housing crisis.

Meanwhile, a former Liberal Democrat has launched a new centrist party. This one, however, has a twist. Advance, the Evening Standard reports, has high-profile backers, and will begin its political life by attempting to capitalise on popular discontent after the Grenfell Tower fire by running for every seat in next year’s council elections.

It will run on a platform of improving housing in the borough and increasing transparency and accountability in the council structures.

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Labour peers will today bring a ‘motion of regret’ to the House of Lords for the deregulation bill currently passing through parliament.

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