Destitution is back. And we can’t just ignore it
Posted: 05 Jul 2017

More than a million people in the UK experienced destitution in 2015 and those most likely to face it are unsurprisingly those hardest hit by welfare cuts.

In his opinion piece in today’s Guardian newspaper, Patrick Butler notes: ‘A recent Oxford University study carried out for the Trussell Trust found that 80% of people using food banks were severely food insecure, meaning they regularly went whole days without food. Average household income for this group was £319 a month; one in six reported no money coming in at all over the previous four weeks.’

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Rachel Loopstra is Lecturer in Nutrition, King's College London