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Report shows dramatic rise in people turning to food banks for emergency handouts

Campaigners are claiming parts of the region are in the grip of a hunger crisis as a new report lays bare a dramatic rise in people turning to food banks for emergency handouts.

More than 37,000 people in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire received three days emergency food over the last year - that's almost a three fold increase on the previous 12 months.

All this on the day, that new figures show an extra 3,000 people have lost their jobs in our region over the last three months. We have two reports, first this from James Webster.

Campaign to donate old bikes for new cyclists rolling on

Ahead of the Grand Depart, it's natural that the whole of Yorkshire is thinking what we'll get out of the Tour De France. But for one charity in West Yorkshire, volunteers are planning what they can give back.

The Streetbikes charity in Liversedge is hoping people inspired to buy new bikes by the Tour will donate their old ones. They've already taught more than two thousand people how to ride - and want to help even more people saddle up, as Helen Steel reports


Rise in food bank users is shocking says Leeds West MP

The number of people relying on food banks in the region has more than tripled in the last year.

Figures from the largest food bank provider - the Trussel Trust - show that more 37,000 people in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire received three days worth of food from a food bank, compared with just over 10,000 the previous year.

Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves says the reliance on food banks is shocking, as another opens in her constituency:

York pilot stars in solo air display

A pilot from York is starring in a one man air show commemorating 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

Flight Lieutenant Dave Kirby (l) with Flight Lieutenant Jon Trueman
Flight Lieutenant Dave Kirby (l) with Flight Lieutenant Jon Trueman

Dave Kirby, who lives in Poppleton with his family, recently qualified to perform displays in public.

The RAF Tucano T1 is scheduled to carry out over 60 displays at 40 different venues in the UK and overseas this summer.

New design for Tucano display aircraft
New design for Tucano display aircraft

The display Tucano has received a special livery to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. The scheme features a ‘cloud’ of poppies around the nose and the words ‘Lest we Forget’. The words and a single large poppy are emblazoned on the underside.

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Concern over relatives driving with dementia

The onset of dementia and a general decline in the power to think clearly is the greatest concern that families have about elderly relatives driving, according to recently compiled research.

In Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, nearly half of all people are worried about it, a survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists has found.

Forty-two per cent of people who have concerns about an older relative driving have tried to discuss this with them.

Kate Bunkall reports:


Unemployment up across Yorkshire and the Humber

Latest unemployment figures show that more people across the country are in work.

However, in Yorkshire and the Humber, the number of people out of work has risen by 3,000.

Unemployment figures up across the region
Unemployment figures up across the region Credit: Press Association

The rate of unemployment is among the highest in the country at 8.5%. There is a total of 238,000 people out of work across the region.

Read more about today's unemployment figures

The news comes as figures show that the number of people using food banks has more than doubled in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

Read more about the rise in food bank users

Health warning after rise in food bank demand

The leader of a food bank charity has warned if the economic situation does not improve, more and more people will suffer adverse health effects.

In Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, the number of people asking for three days' emergency food supplies from food banks has increased by 260 per cent in one year.

"That 37,403 people in (the region) have received three days' food from a food bank, over triple the numbers helped last year, is shocking in 21st century Britain.

"But perhaps most worrying of all this figure is just the tip of the iceberg of UK food poverty, it doesn't include those helped by other emergency food providers, those living in towns where there is no food bank, people who are too ashamed to seek help or the large number of people who are only just coping by eating less and buying cheap food.

"In the last year we've seen things get worse, rather than better, for many people on low-incomes. It's been extremely tough for a lot of people, with parents not eating properly in order to feed their children and more people than ever experiencing seemingly unfair and harsh benefits sanctions.

"Unless there is determined policy action to ensure that the benefits of national economic recovery reach people on low-incomes we won't see life get better for the poorest anytime soon."

– Chris Mould, The Trussell Trust

Three foodbanks opened in Yorkshire North Lincolnshire in the last year.

260 per cent increase in food bank demand

The number of people who used food banks in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire has risen dramatically.

In the last 12 months demand has increased by 260 per cent compared with the year before.

From April last year more than 37,000 people in the area region received three days' emergency food from food banks run by the Trussell Trust. The figure was 10,380 in 2012-13.

The charity's called for an increase in the minimum wage and a cap on energy prices for those on low incomes.

Le Tour star inspires young cyclists to reach for the Sky

Some lucky young cyclists from Leeds got the chance to meet Team Sky rider, and Rotherham-born cycling star, Ben Swift.

Team Sky cyclist Ben Swift with young cyclists
Team Sky cyclist Ben Swift with young cyclists

Twenty lucky children from Otley Cycling Club and The Hunslet Club in Leeds came along to the exclusive event held at Aspire in Leeds city centre to meet Yorkshire's Team Sky rider Ben Swift.

As well as meeting and having their pictures taken with in-form Yorkshire man, who came third in Milan- San Remo and had stage wins at Coppi e Bartali and the Tour of the Basque Country, the children also took part in a quick-fire question and answer session with the 26-year-old cyclist.

Ben Swift with Ryan Middlemiss (Otley Cycling Club) and Ruby Gilmore (The Hunslet Club)
Ben Swift with Ryan Middlemiss (Otley Cycling Club) and Ruby Gilmore (The Hunslet Club)

During the Q&A session they asked him about how his cycling career got started and his thoughts on the upcoming Tour de France Grand Depart, leaving from Yorkshire in July.

Speaking about the event, Ben said: “It’s fantastic to be involved in an event like this today seeing first-hand the excitement around cycling with the tour coming to Yorkshire and the Grand Depart in Leeds.

"Cycling in the UK has transformed so much in the last few years with more people on their bikes than ever – and Sky’s support of cycling, at both elite and grassroots level, has been at the heart of this transformation."

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