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Public funds used to support food banks — £126,000 spent in Derbyshire

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 04, 2014

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THOUSANDS of pounds of taxpayers money has been used to tackle food poverty in Derbyshire.

Revelations made on BBC Panorama showed Derbyshire County Council invested £126,000 from this year’s public health budget into food banks.

The authority is one of 140 in Britain which now provides money to support those in times of desperation.

The number of people reliant on emergency handouts in Britain has trebled to 350,000 in the last year, according to Britain’s food bank network the Trussell Trust.

Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for health Dave Allen said the rise in Derbyshire was down to rising living costs and changes to benefits rather than people taking advantage of the system.

He said: “Not having enough to eat not only has an impact on people’s physical health but on their mental health and long-term life opportunities too.

“This can also lead to increased pressure on many local authority and health support services.”

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