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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is sitting on its own ‘secret‘ investigation into foodbank use. It should have released it in October 2019. Now, an SNP MP has put the issue back on parliament’s agenda. But one campaign group told The Canary that it thinks the DWP ‘buried’ the report on purpose.

As the Guardian reported, more and more people in the UK are using foodbanks. The Trussell Trust said that in 2018/19, as many as 3 million food parcels were given out by all UK foodbanks.

Around 2% of households in the UK received a parcel. Moreover, the Trussell Trust alone gave out over 800,000 food parcels between April and September 2019. This was a 23% rise on 2018.

The Trussell Trust also says that foodbank use has increased in areas where the DWP has rolled out Universal Credit. And it says that over 60% of people referred to foodbanks have had “problematic experiences with the benefits system”.

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source: The Canary
published: 7 February 2020

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