Dundee East MSP Shona Robison has hit out at the UK Government after new figures showed foodbank use in Dundee has risen by 34% on last year – more than double the rate elsewhere in Scotland.
The SNP MSP said cuts to welfare were the main factor behind the increase.
Foodbank providers have said the rise is largely due to the five weeks people wait for the first payment after being placed on Universal Credit.
Trussell Trust, Britain’s biggest foodbank charity, has called for “urgent changes” to the benefits policy.
Ms Robison said: “These are truly heart-breaking figures for Dundee, which bring into sharp focus the devastating impact the Tory government is having on our local community.
“The fact that foodbank use is growing across Scotland is a clearly damning indictment of UK Government cuts to welfare, and the botched roll-out of Universal Credit.”