‘No money for over a month’: how benefit delays lead to hunger

25 Jul

Benefit tales

A new study finds errors and delays in the benefits system forces many claimants to turn to food banks

Some useful reading for the new work and pensions secretary Damian Green: another report providing compelling evidence that the most significant factors driving UK food bank use are problems caused or exacerbated by the welfare system he oversees.

Still Hungry, a detailed study published this week by West Cheshire food bank, says benefit-related issues accounted for 41% of all referrals to its services over two years. Its findings are in line with national food bank research, and it reaches similar conclusions to other studies as to why people end up in food banks.

Most of West Cheshire’s six recommendations on how to reduce the rising numbers of people dependent on its charity food handouts focus on welfare policy: more efficient jobcentre administration, a less punitive sanctions…

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