The Government has rubbished a report which pointed to benefit cuts as fuel for the rise in food poverty.
– A Government Spokesman
It's simply not possible to draw conclusions from these unverified figures drawn from disparate sources.
They cover a wide variety of provision including food redistributed to places such as community cafes, lunch clubs for the elderly and children's breakfast clubs which are frequented by all sorts of people.
This report also overlooks basic facts about the strength of our welfare system. We provide a vital safety net, spending £94bn a year on working age benefits to support millions of people who are on low incomes or unemployed.