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Welfare Reform and Food Bank Usage

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Does the DWP deny that welfare reform is responsible, at least to some degree, for the exponential increase in the use of food banks by British citizens since 2010 to the present day?

I am not asking for a detailed explanation in respect to every driver responsible for the explosion in food bank usage in the United Kingdom, only whether the DWP denies that welfare reform itself plays a role in compelling British citizens to resort to food banks in ever greater numbers.

Welfare reform either plays a part in respect to this phenomenon or it doesn't.

If the department doesn't deny that a causal relationship exists between welfare reform and food bank usage the only possible conclusion is that it affirms it. If the department doesn't know whether the welfare reforms it has implemented exacerbate food bank usage or not the only possible conclusion is that the DWP itself is irresponsible and incompetent.

Concerning a matter as serious as food poverty and starvation in 21st century Britain, a straightforward and candid answer would be appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Toy

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From: Del [mailto:[FOI #370356 email]]
Sent: 11 November 2016 10:19
To: DWP freedom-of-information-requests
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Welfare Reform and Food Bank
Usage

 

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

 

Does the DWP deny that welfare reform is responsible, at least to some
degree, for the exponential increase in the use of food banks by British
citizens since 2010 to the present day?

 

I am not asking for a detailed explanation in respect to every driver
responsible for the explosion in food bank usage in the United Kingdom,
only whether the DWP denies that welfare reform itself plays a role in
compelling British citizens to resort to food banks in ever greater
numbers.

 

Welfare reform either plays a part in respect to this phenomenon or it
doesn't.

 

If the department doesn't deny that a causal relationship exists between
welfare reform and food bank usage the only possible conclusion is that it
affirms it. If the department doesn't know whether the welfare reforms it
has implemented exacerbate food bank usage or not the only possible
conclusion is that the DWP itself is irresponsible and incompetent.

 

Concerning a matter as serious as food poverty and starvation in 21st
century Britain, a straightforward and candid answer would be appreciated.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Stephen Toy

 

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