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Foodbanks warn of ‘busiest Christmas ever’ as charity issues urgent appeal

Demand for emergency food parcels is expected to spike over the festive period and continue into the New Year and beyond.

‘There are children out there starving’, says foodbank

Flaws in the welfare system are leaving children and their families hungry and at risk of starvation, a Cornish foodbank has warned.

Public urged to donate to food banks over Christmas

Demand for food parcels expected to rise by up to 53% in December 2016.

More than 130,000 to be fed by food banks this Christmas – MPs urged to donate

MPs are being urged to donate to the ‘Hope not Hunger’ pop-up food bank when it arrives at Parliament on Wednesday.

‘National Scandal’: More than 500,000 supported by foodbanks in only six months

Number of families living in food poverty set to reach a record high in 2016.

Benefit delays responsible for one in five foodbank referrals, new research shows

New research provides valuable and unequivocal evidence on the causes of food poverty and who uses foodbanks.

Reliance On Food Banks Must Not Become The Norm, Says Charity

Trussell Trust gave out enough emergency food to feed more than 1.1 million people last year.

Benefit Delays Leave Tens Of Thousands Dependent On Food Banks

Delays in processing benefit payments are leaving tens of thousands of vulnerable people in hardship and dependent on the generosity of food banks.

Cost To Jobseekers Of Benefit Sanctions Rockets 3,000%

PCS union reveals that the value of jobseeker's allowance payments sanctioned in the year to September 2014 was £355 million.

Record Scottish Food Bank Use Shows ‘Appalling Lack Of Concern’, Says SNP

10,489 people visited one of the Trussell Trust’s 48 food banks in Scotland in December, a 13% increase on the 9,263 people the previous year

Government Urged To Suspend Benefit Sanctions Regime

MPs hear that the sanctions regime has changed to create a punitive culture of fear – especially amongst the disabled

Families Using Food Banks This Christmas A Result Of ‘Dickensian’ Welfare Cuts

Food banks are expecting a rise in demand over Christmas and will be open on Christmas Day.

Thousands Of Scottish Children Affected By Benefit Sanctions As Food Bank Users Top 900,000

3,600 Scottish benefit claimants with dependent children were hit by benefit sanctions between 1 June 2012 and 31 May 2013.

Unemployed ‘Getting Really Good Benefits’ Don’t Need Food Banks, Says Tory Councillor

Conservative councillor Dawn Barnett called for tighter restrictions on food banks after claiming the system is being abused by benefit claimants who are "not in need".

£518,000 Allocated To Tackling ‘Unacceptable’ Food Poverty Crisis In Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced that it is to allocate £518,000 to tackling the growing food poverty crisis in Scotland.

Tory Minister Admits Link Between Welfare Cuts And Food Banks

Conservative Party Minister David Mundell MP admitted there is a link between Westminster welfare cuts and the increase in food bank use across Scotland.




Corbyn urged to win votes by pledging £10bn more on care for disabled elderly

Fabian Society research identifies shortfall in funding for 1.2 million older people.

Terminally ill to be given priority over benefit underpayments, says McVey

Work and Pensions Secretary vowed to prioritise "any individuals whom we know from our systems to be terminally ill".

Austerity will have cast an extra 1.5m children into poverty by 2021

Lone-parents, disabled children and ethnic minorities will be among worst-hit, says EHRC.

Childcare voucher changes delayed after Commons debate

Government agrees to keep system open for six more months after pressure from Labour.

Reverse universal credit cuts, Iain Duncan Smith tells chancellor

Thinktank says 340,000 people could be taken out of poverty if Philip Hammond takes action.

Labour’s Debbie Abrahams stands down accusing leader’s office of ‘bullying’ behaviour

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary claims to be the victim of a "bullying culture of the worst kind", as Party investigates "work based complaints".