Food bank reliance in the UK triples, says Oxfam
30 May 2013
More than half a million UK people may rely on food banks, says a study by Church Action Poverty and Oxfam. It blames benefit cuts, unemployment and the increased cost of living for the growth in hunger and poverty.
Oxfam said: “Cuts to social safety-nets have gone too far, leading to destitution, hardship and hunger.”
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) said: “Our welfare reforms will improve the lives of some of the poorest families in our communities.”
The report was backed by the Trussell Trust, the UK’s biggest provider of food banks.
The trust said more than 350,00 people required help from its food banks during 2012, almost triple the number who received food aid the year before.
But the new study says that the true number may be more than 500,000 as the scale of the problem is not being effectively monitored. It recommends the government improves monitoring and recording of data on food poverty.