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Foodbank use on the increase

Foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust says more than 45,000 people in the region used foodbanks in the last six months of this year.

Its figures show that the South West falls just behind the North East but ahead of the rest of the country in the numbers of people that use foodbanks.

The national trend is a 170% increase on last year. The issue is being debated for the first time in the House of Commons today.

Shadow Home Office Minister, Diana Johnson, wants the government to start an inquiry into the issue:-

People in the South West use foodbanks the most

45,000 people in our region use foodbanks according to the Trussell Trust charity, which runs food donation programmes across the south west. The situation is being debated in the House of Commons today, 18 December.

Thousands of people in the South West are having to resort to foodbanks to feed their families Credit: ITV News West Country


More people in South West using foodbanks

The Trussell Trust says nearly 60,000 people have claimed emergency food from them in the last year. Credit: ITV News West Country

A foodbank charity says it's seen the biggest rise in people using the service since it was set up in 2000.

Nearly 60,000 people in the South West have claimed at least three days' emergency food from the Trussell Trust during the last twelve months.