William Eichler 30 May 2017

Study reveals hundreds more food banks than previously recorded

Study reveals hundreds more food banks than previously recorded image

New research reveals there are hundreds more food banks operating in the UK than was previously believed.

A study by the Independent Food Aid Network (Ifan) has found there are 2,024 food banks across the country – 651 more than has been recorded before.

The extra food banks are all independent of The Trussell Trust network, which consists of 1,373 distribution centres, and so had not been included in earlier studies.

‘The spread of food banks maps growing problems of poverty across the UK, but also the growing drive among many thousands of people across the country to try and do something about those problems,’ said Professor Jon May, School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London, and Ifan chair.

Professor May said the increase in food banks and food bank use was the result of a ‘perfect storm’ of stagnant or declining wages, the growth of zero hour contracts, rising rents, fuel and food costs, welfare cuts and benefits delays.

According to figures from The Trussell Trust, the number of three-day emergency food supplies given by their food banks rose from nearly 61,500 in 2010 to almost 1,200,000 this year.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Assistant Director Practice Improvement and Development

Birmingham Children's Trust
Up to £92,681 plus market supplement and relocation allowance (subject to terms and conditions)
We have developed an environment where learning, development and practice improvement are underpinning principles service wide. Birmingham, West Midlands
Recuriter: Birmingham Children's Trust

Social Worker (Safeguarding Adults Team)

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£29,636 - £33,799 per annum
The safeguarding team have an excellent opportunity for an experienced qualified Social Worker who... Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Occupational Therapist (Short Breaks- Residential and Community)

City of York Council
£30,500 to £34,797 per annum
Looking to recruit an Occupational Therapist who is able to meet the needs of children and young people with... York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

Social Worker - SGO & Connected Person Assessment Team

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Special Guardianship Order (SGO) & Connected Person Assessment Team The SGO and Connected Person's Assessment Team first started in April 2019 and due England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Programme Support Officer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£29.766 - £30.711
This role is a programme support officer which will assist the delivery of vital monitoring, control and governance work to... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue