The government is citing out of date figures in an attempt to wriggle out of its food bank shame, writes James Bloodworth.
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The DWP has been advising jobcentres on referring benefit claimants to food banks – despite the government’s insistence that food banks do not form part of the welfare system.
To get an idea of just why so many people are struggling, take a look at this graph, which tracks the increase in the cost of basic food items from 2012 to 2013.
New figures released by the Trussell Trust show that the food bank charity provided emergency parcels containing three days food more than 600,000 times between April and December last year.
Every so often in politics you hear a quote or a statistic that seems to suck all the air out of your lungs.
The government should provide a non-profit, partially subsidised alternative alongside supermarkets.
Until it starts caring for all of the people it was elected to serve, people will continue to ask for help.
Are more people really using food banks because of a greater awareness of them?