A report published on 20th May 2013 by well-known charities Oxfam and CAP estimated that over 500,000 people living in Britain are reliant on food aid and “food banks”.
The report titled “Walking the Breadline – The Scandal of food poverty in 21st Century Britain” noted that the sharp rise in food poverty is caused by:
- Increasing levels of underemployment
- Low and falling income
- Rising food and fuel prices
The report raises the risk that, the growth in food aid demonstrates that the social safety net is failing in its basic duty to ensure that families have access to sufficient income to feed themselves adequately.