Around 13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK. In the decade between 2003 and 2013, Britain experienced the highest rates of food, fuel and housing inflation, but wages have not kept up – growing by just 28% in 10 years. Essentially, the ever-rising cost of living has hit Britain's poorest households hard.
Every day, people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from unexpectedly large bills on a low income, to static incomes and redundancy. As a result, the Trussell Trust, the biggest provider of food banks in Britain, has seen the number of people using its service soar from 40,898 in 2009/10 to 913,138 in 2013/14.
The report of the All-party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the United Kingdom, Feeding Britain, has recommended that to tackle food poverty and curb reliance on food banks, benefits should be delivered faster – within five working days.
IBTimes UK looks at the number of people who cannot afford to eat properly in the UK, as well as the amount of people visiting food banks.