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There is "clear evidence" linking increased food bank use with UK areas that have seen greater unemployment and welfare and government spending cuts, scientists say. An Oxford University-led team used official government data and statistics from the Trussell Trust, the UK's largest food bank backer, to look at why people…
Evidence that shows the link between the UK Government’s welfare reform and an increase in the use of food banks has been sent to Scotland Office Minister David Mundell MP (pictured) by the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee. This follows a call from Mr Mundell to show him evidence of…
The GMB union has voiced its concern over a Northern Ireland health and social care trusts plans to replace daily meals for the elderly with frozen meals. The union is asking the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust to reconsider proposals to end the daily meals service to vulnerable…
Thursday, 18 Dec, 2014

Webwatch - Menus Count in Care

A brand new site has been launched to help care homes and providers plan healthy menus for service-users in Wales. ‘Menus Count in Care’ is aimed at nursing and residential homes and is a project developed by Torfaen Council and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. It aims to raise the…
Illness caused by malnutrition is getting worse because some people cannot afford good quality food, a health expert has warned. Figures released earlier this month by the Health and Social Care Information Centre showed hospital admissions for patients with malnutrition have increased from 5,590 to 6,690 in a one-year period.…
Funding designed to tackle food poverty has been allocated to 26 projects across Scotland, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today. According to the Trussell Trust, the number of people who used their food banks in Scotland between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2014 rose to 71,428 which is…
The need for food banks is a "stain on our national conscience" with reliance dramatically increasing in Scotland, a charity report has found. Changes to the welfare system, low wages, insecure and zero-hours contracts and rising food and energy prices have all contributed to the increase in the numbers of…
The rise of food banks is the result of "poor people maximising their economic opportunities" and has not been caused by tougher rules over benefit payments, a senior UK Government civil servant has told MSPs. Neil Couling, work services director at the Department for Work and Pensions, also told Holyrood's…
One in 50 Citizens Advice Bureau Scotland clients have said they do not have enough money to buy food, according to new figures. The organisation said that between January and March this year 1,311 new food parcel issues were recorded. It said that this suggests that its bureaux advise on…
This guidance has been developed to help Early Years childcare providers to meet the Scottish Government National Care Standards: Early Education and Childcare up to the age of 16 (2009). It also highlights the importance of nutrition in the early years and the role that childcare providers have in shaping…
Almost a million adults and children received emergency supplies from food banks in the past year, a "shocking" rise of 163% on the previous 12 months amid rising living costs, low pay and welfare problems, a new report has revealed. The Trussell Trust said rising numbers were turning to food…
Professor Daniel reflects on the main messages from the original food practices research as well the the Food for Thought project, highlighting the value of combining practice based evidence with academic research with a sprinkling of the day to day experience of children and young people.
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