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Anglican Church to investigate reasons for surge in food banks

Posted on: October 17, 2013 3:30 PM
Related Categories: Abp Welby, England, food banks

[The Independent by Nigel Morris] The Church of England is investigating the reasons for the dramatic spread of food banks, and will examine the impact of benefits cuts on their use.

The move emerged as David Cameron was questioned in the Commons over the soaring numbers of families requesting emergency help from the banks.

The Independent reported this week that food bank use had more than tripled over the last year. Shrinking pay packets, as well as the benefits squeeze and the rising cost of basic groceries, have been cited as reasons for the increase.

About 80 per cent of churches are involved in food banks, either running them, or providing volunteers or donating food.

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