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'Fivefold rise' in foodbanks use

The number of people getting emergency supplies from foodbanks has risen by more than five times since 2010, according to campaigners.

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Rise in use of foodbanks is 'wake-up call to the nation'

The Trussell Trust says the number of people turning to them for help was a "wake-up call to the nation". The charity claims the impact of welfare reforms that came into force this month has already sparked an increase in numbers passing through their doors.

  • Of those helped over the last year 126,889 were children and most recipients were working-age families
  • 30% of people helped were referred as a result of benefit delays
  • 15% because of benefit changes
  • Overall, the charity helped nearly 100,000 more people than it had anticipated

Source: The Trussell Trust

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