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Cornish Foodbanks Call To Scrap Zero-Hour Contracts


Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:50pm 25th June 2014

Calls to scrap zero-hour contracts get backing from Duchy foodbanks.

The Liskeard and Looe centre tells Pirate FM demand has jumped by more than half, and reckons they have had an impact.

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David Berry runs the Liskeard and Looe Foodbank, he said: "They are not earning enough to meet the cost of living, people's working conditions they are often on zero-hour contracts or they are just working 16 to 20 hour weeks, that on the minimum wage you just cannot feed yourself and run a house hold, it's impossible.

"You can't eat, you can't pay your bills, people get into debt very, very quickly and it's a downward slope.

"How some people are struggling to get by, the conditions they are living in, it's a real eye opener and it's very sobering."

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