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Andy Love MP visited a 'pop-up' food bank at the Houses of Parliament today (Weds) to draw attention to growing poverty and the reliance on food parcels in the UK.
With food banks opening in Edmonton, Enfield and Haringey, reliance on food support is rocketing and the number of people supported by food banks in the UK has grown from 2,800 in 2006 to more than 128,000 in 2012. Britain's largest network of food banks, the Trussell Trust, predicts that they will need to support more than 260,000 people in 2013.
People turn to food banks in times of desperation — usually because of an unexpected bill — but increasingly because of shrinking wages and rising living costs.
Andy warned that further benefit cuts, due to affect those both in and out of work from April, will force even more people to rely on emergency food support.
He said: "The work carried out by food banks like The Trussell Trust in giving vital supplies to people both in and out of work is invaluable. They provide a lifeline to people in dire need.
"However, it is appalling that this level of support is needed in 21st-century Britain and at the same time as the Government is set to give huge tax breaks to millionaires.”
He added: “Growing poverty is now a real issue in this country and people need a government that is on their side during this terrible recession, not one that works in favour of the super rich."