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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Govt: No evidence foodbank use linked to welfare reform

Commenting on the rise in the number of people using foodbanks, a Government spokesman said:

"We have taken action to help families with the cost of living, including increasing the tax-free personal allowance to £10,000 which will save a typical taxpayer over £700, freezing council tax for five years and freezing fuel duty.

"The Trussell Trust itself says it is opening three new foodbanks every week, so it's not surprising more people are using them. They also agree that awareness has helped to explain their recent growth.

"The benefits system supports millions of people who are on low incomes or unemployed and there is no robust evidence that welfare reforms are linked to increased use of food banks."

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