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'Fivefold rise' in foodbanks use

The number of people getting emergency supplies from foodbanks has risen by more than five times since 2010, according to campaigners.

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Government already providing 'safety net' for families

The government has said that it already provides a "safety net" to benefit claimants who need help with food, adding that some of the increase seen by the Trussell Trust could be due to Job Centres referring people to their service:

The government already provides a safety net for essentials like food and housing through the benefits system and claimants can also request a benefit advance or help from their local authority where needed.

We welcome the contribution voluntary organisations including the Trussell Trust play in supporting local communities, beyond the help provided by Government. That is why Jobcentre Plus - for the first time - is now referring people to their services.

Our welfare reforms will improve the lives of some of the poorest families in our communities, with the Universal Credit simplifying the complex myriad of benefits and making three million people better off.

And by next year, we will have taken two million of the lowest earners out of paying tax altogether.

– spokesman, Department for Work and Pensions

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