Iain Duncan Smith has finally admitted that the use of food banks is linked to delays in his own department paying benefits — having previously attacked a charity for “scaremongering” when they suggested precisely that. In amongst the usual IDS lies and bluster, Sunday Politics’ longest ever interview contained this concession to Andrew Neil: AN: So you don’t agree with […]

One for the ignorant Tories — such as millionaire minister Lord Freud — claiming that the growth in food banks is driven by demand for freebies (you actually have to be referred by an approved outside body). Above is pictured Tylorstown Conservative Club in the Rhondda, which is now a, errrr, food bank. The ironic change […]

With yet another report blaming food poverty on delays in benefit payments, George Osborne will likely be called on to take personal responsibility for his role in a rise in food poverty — after he acted to deliberately increase waiting times for desperate claimants. Ignoring warnings, the millionaire chancellor introduced the tough-looking measure at the 2013 Spending Review — after which […]

An image is circulating on Twitter which purports to be a handwritten note to a Tory MP — a reminder to not to “talk about food banks”: Hi @JeremyLefroyMP, think our papers may have got mixed up at the Faith Action conference – do these belong to you? pic.twitter.com/6xOWt9TfVI — smn mrk (@SmnMrk) November 24, […]

As yet another report — this time from Oxfam, Church Action on Poverty and the Trussell Trust — links changes to the welfare system to an increase in food bank use, the government trots out its usual line: “It’s simply not possible to draw conclusions from these unverified figures from disparate sources.” Perhaps its worth […]

Ministers have been told they are “in denial” after a series of charities told a committee that the government’s harsh new benefits regime is driving food bank use. Written submissions from bodies such as Oxfam and Barnardos to a Scottish Parliament committee, whose report on food banks is published today,  emphasise DWP’s culpability.  But heartless employment minister Esther McVey still claimed three weeks ago that there […]

As suspected, the claim in this morning’s Sun that can people can obtain “restaurant tokens” from food banks turns out to be borderline lies. An informed source told Scrapbook: “It’s simply not Trussell Trust policy to supply restaurant tokens. It’s possible that a handful of food banks may have partnered with soup kitchens or social enterprises to offer something along […]

DWP and Tories on attack after 50% rise in food bank use Whitehall source: biggest food bank charity is “misleading” and “emotionally manipulative” Thatcher minister Edwina Currie pens smear column in The Sun Iain Duncan Smith’s department has launched a sickening attack against the UK’s largest food bank charity after they revealed yesterday that food bank use had […]