The Trussell Trust foodbank network gave out a record 1.6 million parcels between April 2018 and March this year – up almost a fifth on the charity’s last count. More than half a million of the 1,583,669 three-day emergency packages went to children and the Trust has outlined familiar reasons for the overall rise.

Chief executive Emma Revie has pinned the blame on Universal Credit’s five-week wait and the benefit freeze – outlining that a third of people needing emergency food received benefits that didn’t cover their living costs.

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