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 […]

Largest food bank operator report 50% rise in users Government claiming benefit claim processing has improved But Osborne deliberately introduced seven-day delay With the number of people using food banks rising 50% in the last year, the government are indignant at the suggestion that their policies have anything to do with it. The BBC reports: […]

With the news that the BNP campaign teams are doubling up as mobile food banks, Nick Griffin has intervened to clarify they are properly racist! PS for the avoidance of doubt, our BNP food banks are for indigenous Brits only. 'Minorities' all have their own (taxpayer-funded) charities — Nick Griffin (@nickjgriffinbnp) March 31, 2014 Scrapbook […]

A Tory councillor has cited full restaurants as evidence that his borough doesn’t need another food bank. With Conservatives in Crawley ignoring the findings of the council’s Deprivation Scrutiny Panel — which suggested a food bank be set up at the town hall – Cllr Liam Marshall-Ascough said: “People aren’t in poverty in terms of going without food. You try […]

DWP boss’ local councils forced to fund food banks But cabinet minister refused to meet charity bosses Even Tory think tank says benefits regime to blame Two councils covering Iain Duncan Smith’s constituency have been forced to spend £70,000 to support food banks. The news emerges three months after the cabinet minister snubbed repeated requests for […]