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Food poverty is on the rise in the UK, Oxfam works with partners across the country to ensure that everyone has enough income to feed themselves and their family with dignity.

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Niall Cooper, Chief Executive of Church Action on Poverty, explains why we are calling on the government to act now.

Walking the Breadline: The scandal of food poverty in 21st-century Britain

Look Inside Walking the Breadline: The scandal of food poverty in 21st-century Britain
20 pages

Authors
Cooper, Niall
Dumpleton, Sarah

Publication date
30 May 2013

ISBN
978-1-78077-334-6

Publisher
Oxfam GB
Church Action on Poverty

Type
Research report

Although the UK is the seventh richest country in the world, many people struggle to afford even the most essential of goods: food. In this briefing, Church Action on Poverty and Oxfam highlight the rise in food poverty in the UK, where over 500,000 are now thought to be reliant on food parcels.

Figures from the Trussell Trust, the biggest network of foodbanks in the UK, reveal that cuts and changes to the welfare system are the most common reason for people resorting to food banks. This growth in food aid demonstrates that the social safety net is failing. Church Action on Poverty and Oxfam believe that everyone should have enough income to feed themselves and their families with dignity, and that foodbanks should not replace the social safety net. This is why we are recommending, among other things, that the government conducts an urgent inquiry into the relationship between welfare changes and cuts, and the growth of food poverty.

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