There is definitely a need for our services. A Social Metrics Commission (SMC) report from September 2018 entitled “A New Measure of Poverty in the UK” recorded that 14.3 million people in the UK (22%) are in poverty, comprising 8.4 million working-age adults, 4.5 million children, and 1.4 million people of pensionable age. 7.7 million people in the UK were found to be in persistent poverty, unable to break the cycle, leading to generational poverty.
According to a Somerset Community Foundation report in 2016, Gross pay in Somerset is 8% lower than the UK average, and 14.1% of children in Somerset are living in poverty. The recent demise of similar projects to ours in Bridgwater and Yeovil has made our resources even more stretched.