If Universal Credit Rollout Continues, Foodbanks Won't Be Able To Catch Everyone Who Falls

Garry Lemon | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK
Garry Lemon

What we must not become is a charity safety net that catches people because our benefits system is fundamentally flawed. Not just for moral or ethical reasons, but because all of the evidence on Universal Credit leads us to believe that even with the enormous generosity of our donors and the hard work and sacrifice of our volunteers and staff, we will simply not be able to catch everybody who falls.

More Than A Million Children Could Go Hungry This Summer, Figures Show

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK Politics

More than a million children could go hungry in England this summer, according to Labour and charity bosses. The party says those that are eligible fo...

There's A 'Hidden' Poverty Nobody Is Talking About, And It's Getting Worse

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK

A ‘hidden’ poverty is propelling thousands of people into a crisis of confidence across Britain, a leading charity has warned. So-called ‘hygien...

Revealed: The Shocking Number Of Primary School Kids Using Foodbanks

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK

Almost half of all children forced to use foodbanks last summer were primary school age, figures published by the Trussell Trust reveal. Newborn babie...

I Will Fight For A Hand Up For Those Who Fall On Hard Times Because It Can Happen To Any Of Us

Danielle Rowley | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Politics
Danielle Rowley

People come to the foodbank because they cannot afford to feed their families and may have been sanctioned or suffered from the benefit cap and welfare reform. Others simply cannot feed their family on the income of low wages and inadequate help from the Government. That is an absolute disgrace and something I will spend my time here fighting.

A New Breed Of Politician

Sharon Bull | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics
Sharon Bull

Jeremy Corbyn speaking at Derby August 2016 - picture by Sharon Bull Ashamedly, until a few years ago, I had very little interest in politics. Most e...

A Summer Of Discontent

Janet Davies | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK
Janet Davies

safety. However it is those very concerns that are now taking our focus towards industrial action. The current conditions are driving people out of the profession and putting new people off joining - and patients simply won't get the care they deserve from a workforce that is short on numbers

These Are The Real Stories Of People Forced To Use Food Banks

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK

“I haven’t visited a foodbank before,” the man said as a microphone hovered overhead and cameras swung to face him, “But I have known people t...

Is It Really True That People At Foodbanks Drink, Smoke And Have Sky TV?

David McAuley | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK
David McAuley

If this gentleman had been to a foodbank, he would know that going to a foodbank is a last resort when all other coping strategies have been exhausted. It takes courage to admit you cannot feed your family. People wait on the other side of the road for half an hour, or stand outside in the cold, before finally walking through the foodbank door.

UK Foodbank Figures Are Still Increasing, But This Year Something's New

David McAuley | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Politics
David McAuley

This is the first time The Trussell Trust has released a report which outlines observations from foodbanks about the impact of a policy-level change and what can be done to ease any adverse side effects, before it's fully rolled out across the UK. We're raising foodbanks' concerns now, before it's fully rolled out, so our insights can inform efforts to make sure the values on which Universal Credit is built are delivered in practice as it unfolds.

Yes, I, Daniel Blake Is True To Life - But That's Not What We Should Be Debating

Sarah Chapman | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Chapman

Late to the party, I finally watched I, Daniel Blake in my local independent cinema this weekend, overpriced, delicious, and soon to feel incongruous ...

Yes, Foodbank Use Is Complex - But We Can't Ignore The Evidence

Kayleigh Garthwaite | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK
Kayleigh Garthwaite

Yes, foodbank use is complex, but that doesn't mean the government should dismiss evidence linking sanctions and their use. We must listen to people using foodbanks so that can we understand who they are, why they use them, and what it feels like. Only then can we start to do something about it.

Social Supermarkets And Foodbanks - Tackling Hunger And Poverty Together

David McAuley | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK
David McAuley

We still have a long way to go to make sure the benefits system is as fair as it should be for people in poverty in the UK. By partnering with organisations like Community Shop, we hope to do more to break social isolation and help people with the dignity they deserve, to try and make sure they never need to use the foodbank again.

These Striking Junior Doctors Had A Brilliant Way To Help Foodbank Users Too

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 07.05.2016 | UK

Striking junior doctors have come up with a novel idea to advance their cause and help those living in food poverty - giving leftover donations they w...

Who Are the UK's 1.25million Destitute People?

Chris Mould | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK
Chris Mould

The Destitution Report is an important step towards understanding the severe impact of poverty in the UK, but we could do much more to identify the scale of the problem and to progress in tackling it.

Record Levels of Foodbank Use Are a National Scandal

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

Low pay and rising bills have pushed hundreds of thousands of people into relying on food banks, and the Bedroom Tax, sanctions and delays at the Department of Work and Pensions have made things worse... Food banks have become a truly shameful symbol of a Tory Government that is failing to stand up for ordinary people.

One Million Food Bank Parcels for Yet Another Year? Something Isn't Working in Our Society

Sarah Chapman | Posted 15.04.2017 | UK
Sarah Chapman

Today the Trussell Trust reveals its foodbank network provided more than one million three-day food supplies to people in crisis in the last year - even more than the previous year, and the year before that, and the year before that... It's so important because behind these statistics are individual people like you and me, who never dreamt they would one day need to be referred to their local foodbank. Only when we openly and honestly engage with the reasons one million food parcels were needed last year, can we possibly move nearer to finding solutions.

Foodbank Use Is Soaring But The People Using Them Aren't Who You'd Think

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK

A record number of Britons are now using foodbanks, new analysis has revealed, with many of their customers being skilled workers or disabled people u...

The Big-hearted People Making This Easter Happier for Children in Poverty

Molly Hodson | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Molly Hodson

Whilst the average child in the UK receives 8.8 Easter eggs, and one in five reportedly make themselves sick on chocolate over Easter, there are thousands of children in poverty across the UK who face having nothing at all. Thankfully, for the last few weeks, food banks across the UK have seen so many local heroes come forward to help children in poverty to have a happier Easter.

Asda Forced To U-Turn On Food Bank Collection Points

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK

Asda has backtracked on a decision to remove food bank collection points from its stores following a fierce public backlash and claims the move could ...

Easy Foodstore? Food Poverty Is A Growing UK Crisis

Alex Jackson | Posted 18.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Jackson

The health implications are huge - are we suggesting that those in food poverty also deserve aggravated health problems? The purported savings are not cheap at all once the associated health bills are added up.

Asda Under Pressure To Bring Back Food Bank Donation Points

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK

Asda executives are under pressure to reinstall food donation points relied on by charities and food banks after they were removed from stores across ...

Random Acts Of Kindness Are Helping Mums In Crisis

Molly Hodson | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK
Molly Hodson

Today is the official #RAKweek #RandomActsOfKindnessDay. We're so thankful that we see so many acts of kindness every day at foodbanks, and some of them are just so heart-warming that we thought they needed sharing...

Your Kindness This Christmas Has a Real Impact on Those Amongst Us Struggling the Most

Alex Howell | Posted 24.12.2016 | UK
Alex Howell

It's Christmas Eve, and this morning I delivered the last two of three hundred Christmas hampers. I don't work for Harrods, or M&S, or anyone else who might spring to mind when you think about hamper deliveries; I work for Salisbury Foodbank. And each one of these three hundred hampers will go to families and individuals who are struggling to put food on the table this Christmas...

The New Christmas Tradition That No-One Expected in 2015

David Walker | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
David Walker

We can all be truly thankful that demand for foodbank parcels has, over the last year or so, begun to settle, though only after climbing to a figure of around a million three day parcels a year. It's an extraordinary high level compared with only a few years ago, and one that I would never have imagined we would reach. What seems bizarre though is that some commentators are suggesting this plateau in demand means that the problem of food poverty has gone away. It hasn't. It's too many, and there's no guarantee that it won't rise again soon.