The human face of austerity: Coalition presides over shocking food bank rise


The Guardian reports today that government officials have commissioned an investigation into the recent growth in the number of food banks, soup kitchens and school breakfast clubs as austerity hits the living standards of Britain’s poorest.

The research will examine the extent and effectiveness of emergency food aid and will explore what causes ‘at-risk individuals’ to become ‘food aid users’.

As the graph below shows, while the number of people using food banks increased in the years immediately preceding the coalition’s austerity drive, since 2009-10 the number of people being fed by food banks has trebled.

Food banks

Data shown to Left Foot Forward by the Trussell Trust also shows that in January of this year alone a staggering 35,095 people were fed by the network of over 300 food banks.

If the current trend is repeated throughout the rest of the year, just under half a million people will have used an emergency food bank before the year is out.

What a damning indictment of George Osborne’s failed austerity drive.

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  • LB

    Total Spending 2009-10 £669bn 2014-15 £737bn (plus 10.2%)
    Total tax revenue 2009-10 £479.7bn 2014-15 £656.5bn (plus (plus 36.9%)

    =============

    Spending up – no cuts just increases.

    Taxation – whopping rises.

    So if spending is up, its not the cause of food banks.

    For that you have to look to the tax rises.

  • Newsbot9

    Yes, keep on blaming anything but your pork-barrel spending, and spending to cover the expense of slashing cost-saving measures. Keep on claiming your counter-keynsian spending on things like slave labour are “beneficial”, when they actually slow people getting back into work and cost billions, not to mention displacing workers.

    Keep on blaming “tax” for everything, food-thief.

  • Newsbot9

    The system doesn’t have the capacity. The results are, sadly, predictable.

  • LB

    1970s – Militant tendency
    2010s – The BNP wing of the Labour party turns up.

  • Newsbot9

    Keep on trying to pass your thugs off as lefists. Act like a Neo-Nazi and I’ll call you one…

  • LB

    Nazi – national socialists – clues in the name.

    So how’s the campaign going to kick out all foreigners? Signed up any new members?

  • Newsbot9

    Yes, the clue’s in the fact it’s anti-communism, and nothing to do with the left. But you’d rather talk about your holocaust denial.

    And keep on trying to say I’m running your campaign. Typical slander. I’m for deporting serious criminals like you, not “foreigners”.

  • LB

    ah yes. Slander someone and blame them for it. Stalinist Russian that one.

  • Newsbot9

    Yes, thanks for admitting you are. And right, Stalinist for the rich, corporatism for the poor. The usual. Thanks also for admitting where you’re from…not surprised!

    Keep talking about anything except the shortfall of food among the poor you’re causing.

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