THERE may be arguments about why there has been an increase in people looking to foodbanks for help but the fact remains people are turning up in numbers.

The UK government denies there is a link between the welfare cuts but the charities who man the foodbanks tell a different story.

Benefit delays and benefit changes are cited among the most common reason for people looking for emergency help with food.

It is important the root of the problem is identified, so that help can he targeted at those most in need and the Welfare Reform committee taking evidence from the charities is a good start.

It seems obvious if the welfare budget is being reduced, it means less cash for some people, and for those already desperately trying to eke out a living with rising prices of food and fuel bills, any reduction is enough to cause a crisis.

Citizens advice workers tell of people being referred to food banks by the DWP when benefits are delayed.

The help offered by the foodbanks and the generosity shown by those who donate is sign of a society which cares for those most in need.

However, the very fact foodbanks exist at all, shows up a society with a serious problem with poverty and government attitude to welfare.