Cruel benefit sanctions force HALF of welfare claimants to ‘turn to food banks’

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For every 10 people stripped of their cash by Job Centre officials, five hungry people seek emergency food aid, according to a landmark report

Half of welfare claimants hit with cruel benefit sanctions turn to food banks to feed themselves, an Oxford University study suggests.

For every 10 people stripped of their cash by Job Centre officials, five hungry people seek emergency food aid, according to a landmark report.

Academics found a “strong, dynamic relationship” between the hated sanctions regime and demand for three-day food parcels handed out by the Trussell Trust, Britain’s biggest food bank operator.

Report author Dr Rachel Loopstra said: “These findings show clear evidence of sanctions being linked to economic hardship and hunger, as we see a close relationship between sanctioning rates and rates of food bank usage across local authorities in the UK.”

The sanctions regime sees some of the poorest in society stripped of…

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