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Financial advice is to be offered to people being referred to food banks after research showed an “alarming” increase in those suffering money problems.

Food bank charity the Trussell Trust is launching a pilot scheme to give instant financial help and debt advice.

The move follows a six-figure donation by money saving expert Martin Lewis and may lead to the biggest change in how the charity’s network of 400 food banks operates since the trust was launched in 2000.

A survey of 4,000 adults showed that more than one in 10 took out a payday loan last year.

Some 900,000 people received three days’ emergency food from Trussell Trust food banks in the last financial year, an increase of 163% over the previous year.

Trussell Trust chief executive David McAuley said: “It’s deeply concerning that the basics of dignified life in modern Britain – food, heat and electricity – can fall out of reach for so many.

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source: The Guardian
published: 12 August 2014