Trussell Trust

What's Wrong With Benefit Sanctions?

Chris Mould | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Mould

Why does behaviour we would think outrageous if it were a business owner trying it, get given the okay when it's people administering the benefits system that do it? What justifies the rules being so very different?

The Test of a One Nation Budget

Chris Mould | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Mould

As we digest the results of the budget today, the words seem as good a test to judge it by as any. To be true to the One Nation ideal the budget must answer a simple question those of us in the foodbanks movement ponder every day. What can be done to reduce the number of people in poverty and hunger?

The Food Bank Blame Game

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

The anger created by the rise of food banks can force those in power to tackle this issue. And the ensuing hope can finally put an end to the march of the 'blame the poor' brigade.

Food Banks - A Powerful Symbol of Five Years of Failure

Emily Thornberry | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Politics
Emily Thornberry

With less than two weeks until election day, the increasing prevalence of poverty in the UK is something everyone should reflect on and consider. This election is so important because, in many ways, the fundamental question facing voters is what kind of society we want to be.

Eleven Foodbank Myths You Must Not Fall For

Molly Hodson | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Molly Hodson

It's becoming increasingly hard not to have an opinion on foodbanks. But when you're forming yours, make sure you're not falling for any of these common myths about food bank use...

Katie Hopkins Is Back And Giving Two Fingers To 'Blagging' Food Bank Users

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK

Katie Hopkins has burst back into the public consciousness by taking a swipe at people who rely on food banks. Following a self-imposed twitter si...

The Reality Is That the Rise in Food Banks Is a Result of a Tory Government Failing to Protect the Most Vulnerable

Maria Eagle | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Maria Eagle

The rise of food banks in 21st Century Britain is nothing short of a disgrace. Today's figures from the Trussell Trust confirm that in David Cameron's Britain more than a million people have to rely on food banks each year. This is the Tory plan that David Cameron says is working.

Latest Food Bank Numbers Suggest That 'Economic Recovery' Claim Isn't Quite True

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK

NOTE: This piece was amended in May 2015 to reflect the fact that around half a million people are believed to have used food banks, not over one mill...

The Food Bank Record David Cameron Won't Be Celebrating

Huffington Post UK/PA | James Martin | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK

David Cameron has been urged by Labour to sign a pledge to reduce food bank usage as figures are expected to confirm a million people have used them i...

We Need to Talk About Stock Cubes and Hot Water

Chris Mould | Posted 07.06.2015 | UK
Chris Mould

On Easter Monday, the Sun ran a full page non-story attacking the Trussell Trust for tenuous and supposed hypocrisy. Was there any mention of the fact that thousands of parents are going hungry to feed their children in the UK this Easter holiday? No. For me, this is the real story - or at least it should be. So why are certain sections of the media so determined to undermine anyone who speaks out about the reality of hunger and poverty in the UK? Last Easter, the Mail on Sunday ran an undercover investigation at foodbanks, trying to attack them, and those who need them. It notoriously backfired. This year it was the Sun.

Our Welfare System Must Not Pander to the Myth of the Undeserving Poor and Ignore the Real Need of Those in Crisis

Chris Mould | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Mould

It seems to me, and others who gave evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee, that a system in which claimants are 'presumed guilty' unless they prove otherwise goes against 'natural, or administrative, justice'. This is a reflection of the destructive narrative that has built up around benefit claimants.

9 Heartbreaking Stories From #FeedingBritain

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK

Benefit delays, food waste and hungry children sent home to a cold house with empty cupboards are just some of the heartbreaking stories to emerge fro...

How 'Feeding Britain' Could Make a Massive Dent in the Problem of Hunger That Haunts Our Society

Chris Mould | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK
Chris Mould

The APPG on food poverty and hunger's seminal report goes beyond anything that's been done before on the problem of hunger in Britain. This powerful cross-party document validates what the voluntary sector has been saying for a long time about the distressing reality of hunger in the UK, and it turns the spotlight on the specific problems that need addressing.

Britain Goes Hungry, Supermarkets Send Millions Of Tonnes To Landfill

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK

Families are forced into food banks because of "unacceptable" delays in benefits, but action must be also taken to tackle high fuel bills, food prices...

Tories May Have Some Explaining To Do Over This Report On Food Bank Demand

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK

More than half of people driven by acute poverty to apply for emergency food aid are there because of delays, sudden cuts or sanctions imposed on welf...

Britain In 2014 Still Has Poor Hospitalised For Malnutrition

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK

Brits are suffering from malnutrition because people simply cannot afford food, experts have warned David Cameron. Figures released earlier this mo...

Still Hungry for Answers on Foodbanks

Dave Clements | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

There is good reason to point to welfare changes as having the single most sizeable bearing on the rise in foodbanks and the take-up of food parcels. According to the Trust (ever-reliable in recording its foodbank activity), in 2013/14 benefit delays accounted for the highest number of referrals.

A Third Of Us 'Cannot Afford Healthy Food'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK

Rising food prices have left a nearly third of people in the UK struggling to afford healthy food despite a desire to eat more healthily, a charity su...

David Cameron: Zacchaeus Reborn?

Chris Godfrey | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Godfrey

Cameron's sincerity isn't the issue here though - in this instance it isn't unfair to say he has none, it's political manoeuvring at its most palpable. The real question is whether it is in the church's best interests to succumb to his seductive eulogy.

We Need to Work Together as a Nation to Help Our Struggling Families

Chris Mould | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Mould

This year's Budget has to create some movement in a positive direction for the many millions of people for whom the past six years have been cumulatively, increasingly difficult. Many people attending foodbanks have jobs. Too often those jobs are insecure, with uncertain hours. Poor people need better base pay, more employment security, more full time rather than part time work.

Jobcentres ARE Told To Send Struggling People To Foodbanks

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK

Jobcentres have been advised to send people to food banks, raising fears of the creeping use of the emergency food as a integral part of the welfare s...

Day Two of My 40 Day 'End Hunger Fast'

Keith Hebden | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
Keith Hebden

After months of organising, meetings, prayer, and listening to grassroots groups, bishops and charities I have finally begun my forty day fast. For the next forty days - Ash Wednesday until Palm Sunday - I'm going to eat no food. I'll have a glass of fruit juice each morning and the water left over from steamed vegetables in the evening; and keep hydrated of course.

What the Foodbank Debate Tells Us

Stephen Timms | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Timms

The debate about foodbanks exposes the dark secret at the heart of this government: they just don't care. Asked about the growth of foodbanks, David Cameron always gives the same reply: that demand for foodbanks went up tenfold under Labour. He is implying that things are no worse now than before the election. The facts, however, tell a different story. One of the reasons the extraordinary Trussell Trust has proved so irksome to government is that it keeps meticulous statistics. And it refuses to suppress them.

Iain Duncan Smith Accuses Trussell Trust Food Bank Charity Of 'Scaremongering'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Tory Iain Duncan Smith has accused a major food bank charity of "scaremongering", whilst attacking it messaging as being "political". Having refuse...

The Real Reason Food Banks Have Trebled

Katie Hopkins | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Katie Hopkins

One mention of food banks and we are all supposed to break out the Andrex tissues, wipe away our tears of sympathy and empty our cupboards into the nearest food bank donation box. Unsurprisingly, my eyes are as dry as they were at my mother-in-law's funeral. Gove says food bank users have themselves to blame for being "unable to manage their finances". I agree.