BENARTY Foodbank's doors are open to all as 'the greatest cost of living crisis in our lifetime' continues to put local families under great strain.

MSP Alex Rowley has warned that 'things are going to get worse' before they get better, and recently met with volunteers at the foodbank.

He thanked them for their time and commitment to helping others who are experiencing financial difficulties.

The Mid Scotland and Fife MSP said soaring energy bills, rising food costs, coupled with insecure work and low pay are pushing a growing number of individuals and families to the brink and warned unless governments act more and more people will find themselves in difficulty and in need of help.

“I have written to the UK Chancellor asking him to bring forward an emergency budget that will get help to those on the lowest incomes," Mr Rowley said.

"Electricity and gas prices are projected to take another big hike in October and a further rise in January of next year.

"People in work on low pay are also having to deal with rising fuel costs that seem out of control whilst all of this is pushing food costs beyond the affordability of many families.

“The situation is getting worse and governments at all levels now have a responsibility to review what they can do to help those most in need. The work of local people and local groups to provide support across the Cowdenbeath area is just fantastic and a lifeline for many who are struggling and I would urge anyone in difficulty to check the local council office for what is available.”

Benarty volunteer Stephen Nardone also urged people to get in touch and said: “There are a number of organisations in Benarty and in most communities who are there to help and want to hear from anyone who is struggling with the cost of living crisis.

"We welcome anyone who needs some support in these very difficult times as does all local groups.”

Fife Council offices and community centres can also advise on who to contact for anyone who needs support.