Real foodbanks, fake shops, and the fake recovery in Cheltenham

Cheltenham & Gloucester Against Cuts

LibDem Councillor Simon Wheeler claims fake shops make ''a huge difference'' LibDem Councillor Simon Wheeler claims fake shops make ”a huge difference”

Last year the BBC reported that the number of people using the foodbank in Cheltenham had quadrupled at a time when foodbank use in Gloucestershire as a whole doubled. The BBC quoted a survey by the Trussell Trust, the UK’s biggest foodbank network, which compared the number of people accessing food banks between 1 April to 30 June 2013 with the same period the previous year. This period was significant because it coincided with the introduction of a several welfare reforms which were forecast to have dire consequences on the most vulnerable.

Subsequently Cheltenham Foodbank reported in November 2013 that 902 people had been provided for since April, which it described as an “enormous jump” on the previous period.

The disturbing increase in foodbank use coincides with the incessant message from the Coalition government that the UK economy is…

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