More Londoners than ever rely on foodbanks

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More Londoners than ever rely on foodbanks

More than 110,000 Londoners were given emergency food parcels in 2016 by the Trussell Trust. The foodbank network says it handed out a record number of parcels, and that changes to the benefit system are to blame.

A report published by the charity today found Lambeth is the borough with the largest demand. Jon Taylor, the Manager of Brixton Foodbank says families are facing a largely avoidable crisis.

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson has told London Live News: "The reasons for foodbank use are complex, so it's misleading to link them to any one issue. Employment is the best route out of poverty, and there are now record numbers of people in work. Under Universal Credit people are moving into work faster and staying in work longer than under the old system."

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