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Below the breadline: the relentless rise of food poverty in Britain, 09/06/14 [E/NI/S/W]

PPI Digest 16 June 2014

This report from from Oxfam GB, Church Action on Poverty and Trussell Trust advises that there has been a dramatic increase in demand for food banks and charitable help in the UK, with more than 20 million meals provided in 2013 - a 54% increase on 2012.

It shows that a combination of changes to the social security system, including a more punitive sanctions regime, a lack of decent work and rising living costs are contributing significantly to food poverty. More and more people are being forced to turn to food banks to put food on their table. Much of the demand is coming from poor people in affluent areas, including Cheltenham, Welwyn Garden City and the northern part of the Lake District, where some food banks report user numbers doubling or even trebling. The Trussell Trust said it was helping to feed 300,000 children.

The paper makes recommendations for how the social security system could provide the safety net when people need it, supporting people into sustainable work and providing for those unable to work. It also calls for the UK minimum wage to be increased to a living wage by 2020.

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PPI Digest 16 June 2014