Defra report: Consistent increase in Food bank demand

Food banks are "consistently" seeing an increase in demand, a Defra-commissioned report published today has concluded.

The research found "no systematic evidence on the impact of increased supply and [that] hypotheses of its potential effects are not based on robust evidence."

The findings follow comments made by welfare minister Lord Freud, who had suggested increased usage of food banks could be because more of them exist.

"There is no evidence actually whether the use of food banks is supply-led or demand-led," he said in July last year.