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Gloucester foodbank users can now get help with fuel payments

Anti-poverty charities are teaming up with one of the big four energy companies to help users. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Foodbank users in Gloucester can now get help with their fuel payments.

A trial starts today in a partnership between one of the big four energy companies and two anti-poverty charities, The Trussell Trust and National Energy Action.

Under the scheme, those people with a foodbank voucher could qualify for a £49 credit to top up their gas and electricity meter.

Foodbank charity in Salisbury sees biggest ever rise in food recipients

People are using the foodbank more than ever before Credit: ITV Westcountry

A foodbank charity based in Salisbury says it's seen the biggest ever rise in people using its service.

The Trussell Trust says over fifty nine thousand people in the South West have received at least three days emergency food from its foodbanks during the last 12 months, almost twice the number helped in the previous year.

It runs three hundred and forty foodbanks across the country, with nearly all the food donated by the public.

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