Increasing numbers of parents are being forced to turn to “baby banks” for essential supplies for their children because of cuts to benefits.
Little Village, an organisation which supplies clothes, toys, nappies and cots at three banks in London, said the number of new parents being referred to them has shot up from 773 in 2017 to 1,524 last year.
Sophia Parker, the chief executive of Little Village, tells Sky News that staff are “constantly shocked” by the stories and sights of poverty they come into contact with working at the banks.
“We see kids in shoes two sizes too small, without winter coats,” she said.
“We see families going hungry because they can’t afford food.”
‘Literally nothing left’
One parent approached by the broadcaster, Stevie Cooper, is eight months pregnant with her second child.
She has been forced to turn to the baby bank for supplies because of a delay in her universal credit payment.
“There are days when we can only afford to feed my son, so me and my partner go without, which isn’t great when you’re pregnant,” she tells them.