Robin Aitken, co-founder of the Oxford food bank, has featured prominently in the debate which has raged in recent months over the reasons for the dramatic rise in people using food banks. Aitken claims that there is no reliable evidence connecting austerity and the increase in food bank use. His views have appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and most recently, on the BBC. These media outlets like to contrast his views with those of the Trussell Trust – the UK’s biggest foodbank network – which has insisted repeatedly that welfare reform is the biggest driver of demand for food parcels.
Trussell Trust chairman Chris Mould said in March this year:“We’ve kept statistics for the 14 years we’ve run food banks.
“This gives a powerful answer why people are in need…
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