Chris Mould, director of the Trussell Trust has said food banks are help for those who have no other option.
Protesters outside the Royal Courts of Justice on Fleet Street in central London booed as the coffin of Baroness Thatcher made its way towards St Paul's cathedral.
Police watched as a small crowd booed and held signs. Others along the route responded by applauding.
As the gun carriage made its way along the Strand towards Fleet Street, applause and boos competed, growing in volume.
In the busy crowds people rowed among themselves.
A fight nearly broke out between one group of supporters of Lady Thatcher and demonstrators, with insults exchanged and threats made.
Protesters have started to gather to line the funeral route by the Royal Courts of Justice.
Civil servants in Lincolnshire walked out of work at 1pm today in a half-day strike against cuts in pay, pensions and terms and conditions.
The industrial action, involving members of the Public and Commercial Services union, follows a national strike that took place on Budget Day last month and an overtime boycott.
Members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) are walking out in a half-day strike in protest against cuts in pay, pensions and terms and conditions.
– Nick Parker, PCS Branch Secretary
PCS members are facing whopping hikes in rent, pension contributions, gas, electricity, and public transport prices. Yet successive Governments have frozen or capped their pay below the rate of inflation. This industrial action is being organised to send a message to the Government that PCS members will not pay for an economic crisis that was caused by super-rich tax avoiders and fat-cat bankers. Ministers need to get round the negotiating table with union leaders and meet the union's reasonable demands."
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