The number of British people relying on food banks is expected to reach one million, despite a huge increase in the number of people in work.
Figures from the Trussell Trust, the UK’s biggest provider of food banks, will be used by Labour in the run up to the general election next month as evidence that the benefits of economic recovery are not being felt by families on low incomes.
Despite two million more people being in work now than in 2010, the number of people using food banks has soared. In 2005-06 2,814 people were given three days of emergency food by the Trussell Trust, by 2013-14 that had shot up to 913,138. Figures for 2014-15 are set to be published on Wednesday and are expected to show another increase.