Hungry Britain: More than 500,000 people forced to use food banks, warns Oxfam
Nigel MorrisMore than half a million Britons have resorted to using food banks to stave off hunger and destitution, the Government has been warned.
Major charities signalled their alarm over a dramatic rise in the nation's "hidden hungry" – families who are forced to ask for help to feed themselves – because of wage cuts, the squeeze on benefits and the continuing economic downturn. The numbers have trebled in the past year alone and are likely to continue rising rapidly despite Britain's status as one of the world's wealthiest nations, according to a joint report by Oxfam and Church Action on Poverty.
They say cuts to welfare payments – including below-inflation rises in benefits, new Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions and reassessment of entitlement to invalidity benefits – are the biggest cause of the surge in demand for food banks in all parts of the country. The charities are also fiercely critical of the numbers of mistakes and delays in benefits payments, which leave claimants without cash through no fault of their own and lead to "food uncertainty" among Britain's poorest families.
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"Hungry Britain: More than 500,000 people forced to use food banks, warns Oxfam ", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mai 2013. Consulté le 24/02/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/hungry-britain-more-than-500-000-people-forced-to-use-food-banks-warns-oxfam-