The University should create a partnership with the Trussell Trust Foodbanks through the Lifelong Learning Centre and Leeds University Union

Passed: November 2021 (23rd)

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Not all students are blessed with the financial support provided by parents and extended family and asking the university for financial help could lead to a feeling of embarrassment and the shame of not being able to manage their own finances. According to the NUS, 61% of students have seen some impact on their finances during the covid crisis, with 9% of students accessing food banks at some point due to lack of funds almost 1 in 10 this is an unacceptable figure.

Even those students who have parental support are seeing a reduction in their income due to the ongoing effects, of covid, on their parent’s income. Hardship payments can take weeks to come through leaving struggling students facing uncertainty.

By becoming a referral agent for the Trussell Trust foodbanks, both LLC and LUU can at the very least provide access to an emergency food parcel. Food parcels can be collected off campus and in confidence, the Trussell Trust also offers a sign-posting service to help clients deal with ongoing problems.

Expires: November 2021 (23rd)

Submitted By: Kevin Doyle

Officer: Union Affairs & Communications / Wellbeing

Area of Work: Support

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November 2021: New Policy