Tory welfare minister, Lord Freud, caused anger today, after suggesting the steep rise in the number of people visiting food banks had nothing to do with coalition welfare cuts.
The minister suggested that more people were turning to charitable food banks simply because more existed, and he denied the coalition were using food banks to fill the holes left by welfare cuts, despite the fact that people are being referred to food banks by jobcentre’s.
“Food banks are absolutely not part of the welfare system that we run. We have other systems to support people.”, and that “If you put more food banks in, that is the supply. Clearly food from a food bank is by definition a free good and there’s almost infinite demand.”