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Number of food bank users up 163% in past year

Almost a million adults and children received emergency supplies from food banks in the past year - a "shocking" rise of 163% on the previous 12 months - a new report from the Trussell Trust has revealed.

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Labour: Food bank use shows cost of living crisis

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Maria Eagle says government ministers need to "get a grip" on the use of food banks and take the issue seriously.

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Maria Eagle. Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

She said: "The vast increase in the number of households and families turning to food banks reveals the shocking truth of life under David Cameron's cost-of-living crisis. While those at the very top get a tax break, everyone else is finding life is harder under the Tories.

"Instead of hiding behind the Tory myth, that says the increase in food banks is driving demand, it is time ministers got a grip and took this issue seriously."

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