Harsh austerity measures including slashed welfare payments and dwindling public services have caused the rapid spread of food banks across Britain, new academic research suggests.
The research,“Austerity, sanctions, and the rise of food banks in the UK,”waspublished on Wednesday in the British Medical Journal. It was conducted by a team of academics from Oxford University.
The study’s authors analyzed data from the Trussell Trust, a leading NGO that coordinates food banks across the UK. They noted that increasing numbers of doctors in Britain are witnessing their patients turn to food banks to survive, and concluded that the UK government’s argument that this trend is the result of supply rather than demand is false.