food banks

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Ministers need to admit that benefits problems are linked to food bank use

17 December 2015 10:57

David Prior (Lord Prior of Brampton) is no toff, he’s a modest man. He had a career in merchant banking…


Have food banks become a ‘boil of no significance’?

10 December 2015 11:52

Remember food banks? They were a hot political issue about a year ago, with Labour MPs raising them again and…

David Miranda questioned

Winner of the Guardian’s election sweepstake finds victory isn’t sweet

11 May 2015 17:29

Mr S previously reported that there were plans to donate the Guardian‘s election sweepstake to a foodbank. The decision was made…

Gordon Brown speaking yesterday

Labour is pledging a £1m handout to Scottish foodbanks. Why not English ones?

24 April 2015 19:09

Gordon Brown is saying some strange things. He is being chased out of Fife by the nationalist genie that he pulled out of…

The Trussell Trust’s misleading figures on food bank usage help no one

22 April 2015 14:29

A day after the BBC admitted to misquoting David Cameron on foxhunting, the broadcaster made another admission of error last night over…

Emergency Food Banks Stretched As More And More People Struggle To Pay Their Bills

Was food poverty actually higher under the last Labour government?

22 April 2015 14:22

I’m looking forward to tonight’s Spectator debate in which Fraser Nelson, William Cash and I will be taking on Owen Jones,…

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Ministers to crackdown on food waste in summit with supermarkets

16 December 2014 14:00

Ministers are to hold the first of a series of meetings aimed at helping food banks after pressure from MPs…

Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions Rachel Reeves delivers her keynote speech to the Labour Party conference in Manchester

Rachel Reeves goes for tribal politics over hard questioning on food banks

8 December 2014 17:03

Most people went into Work and Pensions Questions expecting Iain Duncan Smith to be in a tetchy fame of mind…

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How long will the fragile consensus on food banks last?

8 December 2014 14:25

Frank Field just about managed to hold together a cross-party consensus on the need to tackle hunger in this country…


Food bank report is a chance to end the toxic political stand-off

8 December 2014 8:45

It has been quite difficult for anyone following the growth food banks over the past few years to avoid growing…

Rochdale Foodbank Use Triples In A Year

Foodbank statistics present problems for the coalition – and for Labour

16 April 2014 11:47

Despite the stream of very good economic news (as described by Fraser and James), you won’t catch ministers saying that…


How food banks were shunted around government departments

21 March 2014 14:34

It is well worth reading Paul Waugh’s interview with Iain Duncan Smith in the House Magazine for a number of…

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Food banks: What would Labour do?

21 February 2014 15:21

Was the church right to intervene in the debate about food banks and benefit cuts? I argue in my Telegraph…

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The church is better at the welfare business than the state

21 February 2014 14:56

Today I have a piece in the Times (£ obviously, you know that) about the power of the Christian Left,…

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Did an archbishop really call for more public spending in response to food bank usage?

18 February 2014 19:33

Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has spent an awful lot of time since his recent interview with the Telegraph clarifying…

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MP tries to remove the poison from the food debate

14 February 2014 16:24

One of the more unpalatable news stories of the week was the survey by West Yorkshire councils that seemingly innocuous…


Edwina Currie is wrong about food banks

30 January 2014 20:03

The Trussell Trust would like to correct the following inaccuracies and misleading statements made in Edwina Currie’s recent blog, and wishes…


Food banks aren’t solving problems — they can make things worse too

28 January 2014 15:59

This article was corrected. Originally it stated that ‘This tiny organisation doesn’t run a single food bank – it merely…

Rochdale Foodbank Use Triples In A Year

The Tories’ hunger games

16 January 2014 11:59

Last night I went to hear Chris Mould of the Trussell Trust speak at my local church. The scene appeared…


Tories try to adapt their food bank message

19 December 2013 17:26

There was a food bank debate yesterday in the House of Commons. We all know that, but what few people…

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Food banks and free school meals: how ministers missed an opportunity

5 December 2013 19:10

The Trussell Trust, which runs the biggest network of food banks in the UK, has used today’s Autumn Statement to…

Red Cross Reports Growing Numbers Of Needy Across Europe

Food bank use is up again: how can ministers respond?

16 October 2013 15:52

Today’s figures from the Trussell Trust on food bank use were good fodder for Labour at PMQs. But the message…


Food banks and political failure

27 June 2013 9:20

Are food banks a scandal? For this week’s Spectator, I visited the Salisbury food bank, set up in 2000, to…

If we're throwing away around a third of food in a country where demand for foodbanks is mushrooming, there's a problem that ministers must talk about.

We need a recipe to solve food poverty

20 December 2012 10:33

At Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday, the Opposition touted food banks as evidence of Britain’s regression into a Dickensian era. With…

A storeroom at the One Can food bank in High Wycombe.

Ed Miliband might talk a good game on food banks, but he’s still wrong

19 December 2012 16:38

David Cameron made a perfectly good stab at explaining what the government is doing to support families who are struggling…