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The rollout of Universal Credit is increasing the use of food banks by an average of 52%, new research has revealed today.
Foodbanks are calling on people to ramp up their donations in December when demand for emergency supplies is expected to rise dramatically.
Half the children helped by food banks are of primary school age, according to a leading charity.
New research reveals there are hundreds more food banks operating in the UK than was previously believed.
The number of people being forced to use foodbanks has risen over the past year due to the Government’s welfare reforms, a new report has found.
A telephone ‘hotline’ connecting foodbanks and local jobcentres should be launched to help those needing emergency food parcels, the Trussell Trust has said.