27 bishops: 'Half a million people visited food banks'

Twenty-seven bishops said that politicians had a "moral imperative" to do more to control food price hikes and to make sure that the welfare system offered the poor an essential safety net from hunger.

We often hear talk of hard choices. Surely few can be harder than that faced by the tens of thousands of older people who must 'heat or eat' each winter, harder than those faced by families whose wages have stayed flat while food prices have gone up 30% in just five years.

Yet beyond even this we must, as a society, face up to the fact that over half of people using food banks have been put in that situation by cut backs to and failures in the benefit system, whether it be payment delays or punitive sanctions.

– 27 Anglican bishops in a letter to the Mirror

In a letter to the Mirror, they said: "Half a million people have visited food banks in the UK since last Easter and 5,500 people were admitted to hospital in the UK for malnutrition last year."

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27 bishops and 16 clergy 'attack coalition welfare policy'

Some 27 Anglican bishops and 16 other clergy have accused the coalition of creating hardship and hunger, according to the Mirror. It reported Britain’s leading bishops denounce David Cameron’s welfare reforms for creating a “national crisis”.