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Over Half Of Foodbank Users Are Households With A Disabled Person

Date: 19/7/2017
Summary: A report by the University of Oxford published last week has found that over half of Trussell Trust foodbank users belong to a household with a disabled person in it. The report also found that benefits sanctions and delays in benefits payments are a major cause of foodbank use, with claimants in the work-related activity group of employment and support allowance particularly at risk.

The report looked at over 400 households that have used foodbanks. It found that:

Dr Rachel Loopstra, the lead author of the report, Lecturer in Nutrition at King’s College London, and Associate Member of the Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, said:

“We observed how commonly income or expenditure shocks, whether arising from a delay in receiving a benefit payment, from a benefit sanction, or from rising energy costs, tipped households into food bank use.

“But these shocks, and resulting food bank usage, occur among people who live with extremely low incomes and chronic food insecurity, where meeting basic needs is an ongoing struggle.

“The severity and chronicity of food insecurity and other forms of destitution we observed amongst people using food banks are serious public health concerns.”

The report made a number of recommendations, including:

However, David Gauke, the new secretary of state for work and pensions, has already made it clear that the freeze on benefits uprating will remain and that, in his view, increased food bank use is largely down to increased awareness of their existence:

“I would expect the benefit freeze to continue. It is sometimes scoffed at, but the fact is there is much greater awareness of food banks than was the case previously. It’s become much more widely used.

“If we want to reduce poverty, if we want to reduce the need for people to use food banks, it’s that we have got to have a strong economy that creates jobs.”

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