Benefit Sanctions Blamed For 54% Surge In Food Bank Demand As 20 Million Meals Given To Poorest In 2013

More statistics on the massive rise in food banks, including in prosperous parts of Britain like Cheltenham. It’s these statistics that embarrass and infuriate Iain Duncan Smith. His response is not to question the vicious and punitive policies that are driving the poorest to utter desperation and poverty. No, his response, as we’ve seen from Mike’s post this morning, is to threaten the charities with closure. Which is pretty much the tactic Jimmy Savile used if anyone raised the issue of his using charities for his paedophilia.

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Oxfam Press Release: Big rise in UK food poverty sees 20m meals given out in last year

Food banks and food aid charities gave more than 20 million meals last year to people in the UK who could not afford to feed themselves – a 54 per cent increase on the previous 12 months, according to a report published today by Oxfam, Church Action on Poverty and The Trussell Trust.

Below the Breadline warns that there has been a rise in people turning to food banks in affluent areas. Cheltenham, Welwyn Garden City and North Lakes have seen numbers of users double and in some cases treble. The massive rise in meals handed out by food banks and food aid charities is a damning indictment of an increasingly unequal Britain where five families have the same wealth as the poorest 20 per cent of the population.

The report details how…

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