VULNERABLE people in Glasgow and across the country fear they will not be able to stay afloat during the coronavirus crisis, according to Action for Children.

The charity has launched an emergency appeal to prevent desperate families from reaching breaking point.

Action for Children carried out telephone interviews with workers representing 60 of its frontline services in Scotland and across the UK, including children’s centres, services for disabled children and young carers, as they struggle to support families in increasingly difficult conditions.

It found families are most worried about not being able to afford food, followed by electricity, gas and nappies.

Paul Carberry, national director for Scotland at Action for Children, said: “The coronavirus crisis has exploded into the lives of Scotland’s vulnerable children and families at a time when millions were already struggling to keep their heads above water – and now are terrified of going under.

“Action for Children Scotland’s frontline staff, who were running unofficial foodbanks to help those at risk of going hungry before the outbreak, are overwhelmed by the sheer desperation of families who fear they can’t afford to keep children warm and well fed.

“We welcome special funds set aside by the Scottish Government, but the pressure will be immense on our frontline workers as we have no idea how long the crisis will last.”

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