Record levels of food bank use are a national scandal. David Cameron disagrees, of course

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.

He thinks it is perfectly acceptable for a government to impoverish its people so badly that they need the help of charity before they can eat.141211foodbankriseNickRhodesupdate

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.

Source: Record Levels of Foodbank Use Are a National Scandal | Kerry McCarthy

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12 thoughts on “Record levels of food bank use are a national scandal. David Cameron disagrees, of course

  1. Samuel Miller (@Hephaestus7)

    The foodbank network in the UK will be overwhelmed with high demand due to built-in delays to universal credit which requires claimants to wait at least 42 days before receiving a benefit payment. Moreover, thousands of low-paid families face significant financial challenges and could see their incomes fall by up to £200 per month as new Universal Credit rules take effect within the next few weeks. The cuts are a result of changes to the way in-work benefit entitlements are calculated.

  2. Terry Davies

    imbeciles vote for tories and foodbanks in expanded numbers to be acceptable despite tax cuts for wealthy..
    Are YOU an imbecile ????

  3. Jane Jacques

    Foodbanks, how in a rich country? I still cannot get my head around how this has become mainstream in so few a years.

  4. mohandeer

    In 2005 Dave Cameron stood in opposition ranks and said that he had heard about a single mum waiting for a food parcel from the Salvation Army in this the world’s 4th(Fourth) largest economy, under a Labour Government.
    Now we have over a million many of whom are working, relying on food banks according to the Trussell Trust, with three quarters of their foodbanks reporting low wages, insecure work contracts, high living costs and problems accessing working benefits.
    What an absolute disgrace that so many working poor are relying on foodbanks to put food on the table, in this the 5th(Fifth) largest economy in the world under a Conservative Government.
    It’s time ~Cameron was reminded of his own words and forced to either choke on them or apologise!

    1. Gary Aronsson

      If you seriously want to end this dreadful poverty and despair then you must will the MEANS. An immediate end to unrestricted mass immigration will prevent the constant inflow of several hundred thousand people every year,without this British Employers will be forced to hire those already here,and at increasingly higher wages.Without this inflow of Third World poverty the British Working Class will only have to compete against their immediate neighbours rather than the entire population of Africa,Asia and Europe!

      All the things you complain about are SYMPTOMS rather than the root cause,end unrestricted mass immigration and EVERYTHING else will begin to improve,that is why so much effort is invested in protecting mass immigration and making its prevention so feeble!

      1. Mike Sivier Post author

        Did you enjoy your rant?
        I notice you provide no evidence whatsoever to support your claims.
        But then, unrestricted mass immigration is a myth invented by Brexit campaigners.

  5. NMac

    Its all part of the overall Tory plan to return to the so-called “Victorian values” of the 19th century, which Tories have been banging on about for decades. They know exactly what they are doing, it’s deliberate and malicious.

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