Just discovered this excellent blog. Here’s a brilliant collation of additional information on Foodbanks and the near-exponential rise in their use.
Lord Freud shocked a hell of a lot of people on Monday when he claimed there was no causal link between rising poverty and an increase in the use of food banks to 500,000 people (at least – some think the true number is already higher). He claimed the rise in the use of food banks is a simple matter of supply and demand ie. if you open food banks people will use them, regardless of financial need. The sheer audacity of denying that the UK could go from having 250,000 food bank users in early December 2012 to 500,000 now without the actions of Government having any impact on those people to cause them to need food banks is breathtaking.
Lord Freud’s claim is ridiculous on many levels but the first is that it ignores how food banks operate. I couldn’t just stroll up to a food bank in…
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