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 […]

While Treasury ministers have seemed loathe to disclose details in parliament, Scrapbook can reveal that George Osborne finally visited a food bank on 25 October — just eight months after David Cameron and ten months after he was invited to do so by the chief executive of the UK’s largest food bank network. During his visit to Bethel […]

Multinational retail giant Walmart — the owner of British supermarket Asda — is running a canned food drive to provide impoverished workers with Thanksgiving dinner at a store in the US. A sign at a Walmart in Ohio encourages shoppers to donate to its underpaid employees: “Please Donate Food Items Here, so Associates in Need Can […]

The DWP is refusing to refer desperate benefits claimants to food banks, according to the country’s largest operator. The Trussell Trust has claimed that Iain Duncan Smith’s department has “privately reneged” on an agreement for Jobcentres to refer needy claimants using an agreed procedure — and banned the collection key data on food bank use. […]

Tough reforms announced by George Osborne yesterday promise to drive up food bank queues — but the chancellor has snubbed an invitation to actually visit one. In an interview with the Huffington Post’s Mehdi Hasan last December, the chief executive of the Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest network of food banks, made the following invitation: […]