Food banks 'stain on national conscience'

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The need for food banks is a "stain on our national conscience", according to a new charity report.

The "Below the Breadline" report is published by Oxfam, Church Action on Poverty and the Trussell Trust.

Figures from the Trussell Trust alone showed that 71,428 people in Scotland were given three days emergency food between April 2013 and March 2014.

The figure was up from just over 14,000 the previous year.

The report said changes to the welfare systems, low and stagnant wages and increases in food prices were all contributing to the increase in numbers.

It said last year, the equivalent of more than 20 million meals were given to people across the UK.

Jamie Livingstone, head of Oxfam Scotland, said: "Food banks provide invaluable support for families on the breadline but the fact they are needed in 21st Century Scotland, as across the UK, is a stain on our national conscience."

Ewan Gurr from the Trussell Trust said: "Among the 71,000 people Trussell Trust food banks in Scotland provided emergency food to in 2013/14, 22,387 were children."

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    08:27: Katie Morag awards

    A nine-year-old actress who plays the title role in CBeebies show Katie Morag has become the youngest-ever winner at the Bafta Children's awards.

    Katie Morag acress Cherry Campbell

    Cherry Campbell was named best performer at the awards.

    The show, about a feisty and independent girl who lives on a Scottish island with her family, also won the award for best drama.

     
  69.  
    08:21: Body found in burn

    Police in Dumfries and Galloway are investigating the death of a man after a body was found in Dalbeattie.

    Colliston Park

    The 67-year-old was found in a burn at the town's Colliston Park at 18:45 on Sunday.

    Police Scotland said the death was being treated as unexplained.

     
  70.  
    08:15: Tributes to boy killed by van

    Relatives of an 11-year-old boy who died after being hit by a van in Aberdeenshire have paid tribute to their "amazing boy".

    Bobby Douglas

    Bobby Douglas, from Newtonhill, was struck by the vehicle near the Newtonhill flyover on the A90 at 18:20 on Friday.

    He died after being taken to the Aberdeen Sick Children's Hospital.

     
  71.  
    08:11: Travel update BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Traffic is heavier than normal on #A720 Edinburgh City By-Pass Eastbound between M8 J1 (Hermiston Gait) and B701 (Baberton Junction).

     
  72.  
    08:09: C. diff report due Eleanor Bradford BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    A five-year inquiry into Scotland's worst outbreak of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) will be published later.

    The probe, led by Lord MacLean, looked at the treatment of 63 patients at Vale of Leven Hospital in Dunbartonshire between December 2007 and June 2008.

    Of the 31 patients who died, C. diff was a contributory factor in 28 cases.

    The Vale of Leven Hospital report is due

    The independent inquiry was ordered in 2009 and completed at a cost of about £10m. Publication of the report had previously been delayed five times.

    C. diff is a bacteria which lives harmlessly in the gut of 10% to 15% of adults but causes diarrhoea when the delicate balance of gut flora is disturbed, often following a course of antibiotics.

     
  73.  
    08:06: Coming up... Gary Robertson BBC Radio Scotland

    Five-year inquiry into Scotland's worst outbreak of Clostridium difficile published at lunchtime. More #bbcgms 0815

    Good Morning Scotland

    You can listen live to BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland here.

     
  74.  
    08:03: Weather update BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Morning! Gillian here. 5-7C to start for most. Largely dry, best of the sunshine in the east of the country. Cloudier in the west with rain on the west coast later. This evening: cloud and patchy rain will pass across the country, then skies will clear, winds ease, allowing a widespread frost and mist/fog.

     
  75.  
    08:02: Book Week

    The director of the Scottish Book Trust has said every child in Scotland should be automatically enrolled in their local library.

    Scottish Book Week

    Marc Lambert made the call at the start of Book Week Scotland.

    He said the move would not only benefit children but would also secure the future of libraries.

     
  76.  
    08:00: Welcome Thomas McGuigan BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and a warm welcome to Monday's edition of Scotland Live as we offer a comprehensive round up of the biggest news and sports news until 18:00.

     

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