How food banks have become a way of life in Britain

Many Britons who are failing to make ends meet for their family are now relying on food banks to make sure they can eat.

One woman who was just one person who went straight from work to a foodbank in London so she could eat said she had nowhere else to turn. Christina Herbert, 55, said she is a palliative care worker on a zero hours contract, but had not been paid as she was forced to take time off work as a result of a chest infection.

Ms Herbert is one of 3.8 million workers highlighted by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which has released new research on the amount of people who are working but who are still living in poverty.

Not managing at all

The foundation said that while Theresa May’s government was concentrating on so-called JAMs – the just about managing – people were not managing at all even though they were trying their hardest.

According to the organisation, one in every eight workers in the UK are now living in such a way. That’s a huge increase of 1.1 million since 2010/11, which was the year when the Conservative-LibDem coalition came to power.

While former Prime Minister David Cameron was often quoted as saying that the best way out of povery was work, it seems that even those who are working are simply not bringing in enough money to be able to run their household.

A pop-up foodbank has now been held right outside the House of Commons to highlight the issue. Foodbanks across the country are reporting increasing numbers of people using them. This year, the Trussell Trust says it will have fed 130,000 people who are struggling to make ends meet. Many people say they are finding it impossible to feed and heat their household over the winter.

 

 

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