Charlotte Rettie unpicks the data and discovers that the welfare reforms have already spawned 20 new foodbanks.
The foodbankers reflect on a year of research, interviews and startling revelations.
Though it might seem like it sometimes, you don’t have to be a Labour MP in a suit to support a foodbank. It is actually possible to be cool and promote this worthy cause, as these celebrity fans (a number of whom have been to jail) prove.
We pooled a list of the top 20 people raising awareness about foodbanks, waste and poverty. 1) Tristram Stuart, @Feeding5K. Tristram is a leading waste campaigner and recently treated government […]
Labour MPs are far more conscientious in visiting and supporting foodbanks and, importantly, making sure people know about it on twitter.
Foodbanks took centre stage in PMQs today as David Cameron and Ed Miliband sparred over welfare cuts and poverty.
Lambeth council made the national headlines in August after it proposed to provide funding for Brixtons food bank yet claimed it was “holding its nose” as it didn’t believe the scheme is a solution to the boroughs poverty. Elizabeth Mayton, head of Brixton food bank, is also worried that getting involved in formal crisis welfare provision could be “something that completely swamps food banks.”
Food prices in Britain have risen by 32% in five years, causing more and more people to turn to food banks as they choose whether to “heat or eat”. The Trussell trust had 1 food bank in 2004, 50 in 2009 and has 255 now, making the charity’s target of 500 by 2016 look decidedly cautious.
The distribution of food banks across the capital raises some interesting questions