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WATCH: Fears some people in North West will face Christmas without food or heating

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There are fears that some people in the North West will be facing Christmas without any food or heating if changes aren't made to the controversial new benefit Universal Credit.

Some of our region's MPs have gained cross party support to call on the Government to cut the wait for first payments from six weeks to a month.

Frank Field, the MP for Birkenhead has warned the main food bank in Wirral could run out of food unless Ministers pause to fix the problems.

Increase in use of foodbanks in North West

Figures show more people are relying on foodbanks. Credit: ITV News

Foodbanks in the North West have seen a huge increase in the number of people relying on their services.

New figures show that Merseyside and Manchester are two of the worst hit areas in the country, with around one person accessing a foodbank there every nine minutes.