Bridgwater food bank warns that influx of Hinkley Point workers are pricing lower paid locals out. The food bank says that people on minimum wages or 0 hours contracts are unable to compete with these better-paid workers. Three projects in the Bridgwater area will benefit from the latest round of grants given to offset the impact of Hinkley Point C. West Somerset councillors have voted to approve funding from the Hinkley Point Community Impact Mitigation fund (CIM), which gives money to the communities most directly affected by the construction of the new nuclear power station. The funding will enable Bridgwater’s food bank to have a permanent home, allow a social enterprise to sell recycled bicycles back to the community and alleviate traffic issues through the nearby village of Cannington. Sedgemoor District Council offered the charity the chance to buy the day centre “at a very reasonable cost”, according to the food bank’s website. The food bank applied for £110,000 out of the total cost of £150,000 needed to purchase the building, providing a base for both immediate supply of food parcels to those in crisis and an advocacy team to provide residents with additional help and support. Ms Redston said that the influx of 5,000 workers onto the Hinkley Point site had priced local people out of the housing market.
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