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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.

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Food banks a 'proud tradition' of voluntary sector

An increase in the use of food banks can be put down to the Government lifting a block on job centres advising claimants to use them, according to the Prime Minister's spokesman.

He suggested it was all in the "proud tradition" of Britain's voluntary sector providing additional support.

David Cameron was urged to launch an inquiry into the growing demand for foodbanks

"This government has lifted the block on job centres being able to point people in the direction of the additional assistance that food banks provide," said his spokesman.

He said that the use of foodbanks had risen tenfold under the previous government.

Asked if there should be an inquiry into the increased use of foodbanks, he said it was always open to a Commons Select Committee to do so.

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