Number of people in food poverty soars

MORE than 5,000 people in Salisbury have been given three days’ worth of emergency food supplies from the Trussell Trust’s foodbank over the last year.

The recipients included 1,885 children.

And the trust says the figures are “the tip of the iceberg of food poverty”.

Nationally, the number receiving help topped 900,000 – a 163 per cent rise on the year before.

Trust chairman Chris Mould said: “We’ve seen things get worse, rather than better, for many people on low incomes, with more people than ever experiencing seemingly unfair and harsh benefits sanctions.

“These figures are shocking in 21st century Britain. And they don’t include those helped by other emergency food providers, those living in towns where there is no foodbank, people who are too ashamed to seek help or the large number of people who are only just coping by eating less and buying cheap food.”

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3:40pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Grampie says...

According to our MP, this is not the fault of the Governments policies.
According to our MP, this is not the fault of the Governments policies. Grampie
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3:43pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Grampie says...

This news is awful in the sixth richest nation in the world. Our leaders say that they christian, yet they sweep these issues under the carpet or blame somebody else.
This news is awful in the sixth richest nation in the world. Our leaders say that they christian, yet they sweep these issues under the carpet or blame somebody else. Grampie
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6:16am Tue 22 Apr 14

karlmarx says...

The recent Daily Fail smear campaign against food banks actually turned out to be a big boost for the food banks and the many hundreds of thousands of people who depend on them. The gutter press hacks sordid smear campaign was full of inaccuracies, lies and deceptions that were exposed in the following days and consequently a number of campaigns were set up to defend the right of the British public to be fed and donations flooded into the food banks.
How anyone could sink to that level of 'reporting' is beyond the comprehension of civilised people. Didn't hear the local MP whose constituency, Salisbury, was the birthplace of the Trussell Trust condemn such vile and deceitful anti-social behaviour.
The recent Daily Fail smear campaign against food banks actually turned out to be a big boost for the food banks and the many hundreds of thousands of people who depend on them. The gutter press hacks sordid smear campaign was full of inaccuracies, lies and deceptions that were exposed in the following days and consequently a number of campaigns were set up to defend the right of the British public to be fed and donations flooded into the food banks. How anyone could sink to that level of 'reporting' is beyond the comprehension of civilised people. Didn't hear the local MP whose constituency, Salisbury, was the birthplace of the Trussell Trust condemn such vile and deceitful anti-social behaviour. karlmarx
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