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'Getting the economy going' the answer to food poverty

Reinvigorating the economy is the answer to the food poverty crisis and not further state intervention, according to the Institute for Economic Affairs.

Ruth Porter said ensuring economic recovery was the "ultimate answer" in tackling poverty, arguing high taxation and state intervention was not the solution.

However, Tim Nichols from Child Poverty Action insists there are things that can be done to make it fairer for those struggling at the bottom such as tackling tax-dodging.

Figures reflect situation of 'struggling families'

Labour's new shadow work and pension secretary, Rachel Reeves, has said figures showing an increase in the use of food banks reflects the situation of 'struggling families'.

Ms Reeves said many of those using food banks were in employment, but were still struggling to cope with the cost of living.

The Labour MP suggested the figures reflected an economy which was not doing well for "ordinary people".

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Demand for food banks show 'society falling away'

"Something very serious" is happening "at the bottom of our society" as more and more people use food banks, the Government's poverty tsar told Daybreak.

Frank Field said he had approached the Archbishop of Canterbury to lead an inquiry into the explosion of demand for food banks.

He also expressed shock at how many people needed them to get by.

"If you said to me 30-years-ago that I would be coming on television to talk about this I would have advised you to go into a dark room and actually lie down," he said.

Field admitted the causes behind food poverty were complex, but hit out at the "huge number of landlords" who do not provide kitchens, leaving tenants with only a microwave and pushing them into "expensive diets".

Number of people using food banks 'triple' in a year

A food bank charity is calling for an inquiry into the explosion of the number of people relying them, as they found demand for their services "tripled" in the space of a year.

"Over 350,000 people" have approached the Trussell Trust for a three day food package, the charity's executive chairman told Daybreak.

"The numbers are rising fast. That is why we believe we need to grip the problem and understand what is behind it," said Chris Mould.

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TUC: Numbers using foodbanks are 'shocking'

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady described the numbers of people turning to foodbanks in the UK as "shocking".

The Chancellor is talking up a recovery - but for who? These new figures show that, despite trying desperately hard to make ends meet, hundreds of thousands of people still can't afford to put food on the table for their families.

Welfare reforms like the Bedroom Tax have pushed more households into food poverty.

– TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady

Charity urges David Cameron for foodbank use inquiry

David Cameron has come under pressure to launch an inquiry into why people are turning to foodbanks as demand for the services continue to surge.

More than 350,000 people received a three-day food package from the Trussell Trust between April and September, three times as many as the same period last year.

More than 350,000 received food from the Trussell Trust between April and September. Credit: Press Association

It has written to the Prime Minister calling on him to look into the "scandalous" problem of food poverty, warning some foodbank recipients are so poor they have returned produce that needs cooking because they cannot afford the electricity to heat it up.

Trussell Trust executive chairman Chris Mould said: "We said in April that the increasing numbers of people turning to foodbanks should be a wake-up call to the nation, but there has been no policy response and the situation is getting worse. The level of food poverty in the UK is not acceptable.

"It's scandalous and it is causing deep distress to thousands of people. The time has come for an official and in-depth inquiry into the causes of food poverty and the consequent rise in the usage of foodbanks."

Four-year-old tells ITV News: 'My belly grumbles' with hunger

Grandmother Diane, from Coventry, uses the Trussell Trust's food banks to help feed her large family. She told ITV News she makes pies and casseroles with the food given to her by the charity so it goes further and lasts longer.

Her granddaughter, four-year-old Rachel, can't hide her excitement when she talks about the food deliveries from the charity - but she also can't hide how hungry she gets at times.

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