Take a look at the image on the right. When it came out, we all thought it was an appalling indictment against Conservative policies. Now the total has increased by another 200,000 per year.
David Cameron has yet to acknowledge that the exponential rise in food bank use during his premiership is an issue of national concern.
It is a national scandal that the number of families and households turning to food banks is at record levels and is continuing to rise.
Today’s report from the Trussell Trust on food bank usage shows well over 1.1million three day emergency food parcels were provided to people in crisis by the charity’s network in 2015-16, compared to 41,000 parcels in 2009-10: a mortifying increase of 2,612% in the number of people who needed food aid to put a meal on the table since David Cameron became Prime Minister.
Low pay and rising bills have pushed hundreds of thousands of people into relying on food banks, and the Bedroom Tax, sanctions and delays at the Department of Work and Pensions have made things worse. Three quarters of Trussell Trust foodbanks reported low wages were a significant problem for working people who had been referred. Other significant problems for working people seen by the foodbanks include 56% reporting insecure work contracts, 47% reporting high living costs, and 44% reporting problems accessing working benefits.
Food banks have become a truly shameful symbol of a Tory Government that is failing to stand up for ordinary people.
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