Charlotte Rettie unpicks the data and discovers that the welfare reforms have already spawned 20 new foodbanks.
We live blogged the Oxfam and EnoughFoodIF debate about the effects of land grabbing on food insecurity. Speakers included DFID’s Director General for Global Policy, Michael Anderson, UN Special Rapporteur on […]
With news that almost 350 000 people visited foodbanks in 2012, an increase of 170%, we take a look at research from the London Assembly on foodbanks published in March 2013.
Conservative councillor Chris Steward claimed earlier this month that foodbanks “merely enable those who can’t budget” and allowed people to “spend more money on alcohol and cigarettes”. Steward told the York press “There is certainly no need for foodbanks; no-one in the UK is starving and I think they insult the one billion in the world that go to bed hungry every day.”
Wednesday 19 December 2012 saw the last Prime Minister’s Question Time before Christmas. It also saw a vibrant debate on foodbanks and the welfare situation. Here’s a play-by-play of the ensuing debate in Parliament between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
Foodbanks took centre stage in PMQs today as David Cameron and Ed Miliband sparred over welfare cuts and poverty.
Tom Knowles gives a brief guide to ‘foodbanks’ and the current situation in the UK.
Local councils plan to strengthen food banks following this year’s controversial Welfare Reform Act, which, according to the Department for Work and Pensions, represents the biggest reform to welfare for 60 years.
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.