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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Foodbank use inquiry call

David Cameron is under pressure to launch an inquiry into why people are using foodbanks. More than 350,000 three-day food package were handed out by the Trussell Trust between April and September - three times as many as the same period last year.