Stephen Timms has today criticised the government for misleading the public on foodbanks. Writing for the Huffington Post, Stephen noted that since April 2013 alone, over 500,000 people have used a Trussell Trust foodbank. He wrote: "Trussell Trust records the reason each person uses a foodbank. In 2012-13, 30% did so because of benefit delays, a further 15% because of benefit changes and 4% because they had been refused crisis loans. So 49% of referrals related directly to benefit problems."

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Stephen continued: "...The prime minister's soundbite [that demand for foodbanks went up tenfold under Labour] gets him through Prime Minister's Questions. The secretary of state for work and pensions cannot duck the issue so readily. So he has made a series of absurd claims. He has said that the rise in demand for foodbanks has no connection with the benefits system. The foodbank volunteers I meet say this is laughable. Mr Duncan Smith also suggested that demand grew because of the publicity his department gave to foodbanks."

The full article can be read here.

AuthorStephen Timms