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Families Relying on Foodbanks Soar

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11:55am 30th April 2013
(Updated 11:55am 30th April 2013)

A row has broken out as David Cameron is accused of attempting to take credit for the work of Cornish foodbanks.

Pirate FM has learnt the number of families relying on emergency food in some Cornish towns has more than doubled in a year.

Among those seeing the biggest rises are Camborne and Redruth, Launceston, Callington and Penzance.

We asked David Cameron about the increasing numbers during his visit to Redruth on Monday.

He told us: "We should thank those who work in foodbanks who do a very important job.

"What this government has done is made sure the services that foodbanks provide are properly passed onto people. That wasn't the case in the past - and that's one of the reasons foodbank use has gone up.

"The most important thing we can do to help struggling families is to make available more jobs and more work and what is notable in Cornwall is that there are 50,000 more people in work than at the time of the last election."

But some foodbank organisers in Cornwall have reacted with anger to the PM's comments, accusing him of trying to take the credit.

Don Gardner runs the service in Camborne, Pool and Redruth. He said: "My reaction was absolute disbelief. I've never spoken to the man or had any help whatsoever from the government.

"The foodbank has been greatly supported by the general public and the local churches in the area. That's the only help we get."

11:55am 30th April 2013

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