But charities say we can't 'lose sight' of underlying financial issues.
Britain is one of the richest and largest economies and is rightly known as the most charitable developed nation on earth
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.
We frequently meet people who find themselves making tough decisions like going hungry so their children can have a hot meal, or turning off the heating so they can keep the lights on for a little longer. We want to make sure that policymakers hear from the experiences of real people on the knife-edge of poverty.
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.
In the last month my team and I have referred about the same number of people to the foodbank for assistance as we did in the ten months before that... The sheer scale of the operation these days is both astonishing and impressive. The fact that it has to be so big, though, underlines that something is fundamentally wrong with the way Britain operates at the moment.
Sherborne is a postcard of upper and middle-class tranquillity in Dorset. Famous for its historic abbey and private schools. But Sherborne is a Potemkin town. Look beyond the superficiality and the poverty is very real.