How have the April cuts affected foodbanks?

Charlotte Rettie unpicks the data and discovers that the welfare reforms have already spawned 20 new foodbanks.

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Tory councillor sparks Twitter fury after denouncing foodbanks

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.”

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Have foodbanks taken up government reins?

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.”

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