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The generosity of many in donating much needed food to the food banks as they experience a sixfold increase in demand is to be applauded.

But what are the underlying factors that have caused such an increase? Well, many living on benefits are experiencing the impact of benefit reforms as their incomes are slashed.

Then you have those applying for benefits for the first time and having to wait weeks for any payment. But are there other underlying factors to blame, perhaps in the housing sector with private landlords not providing cookers, only microwaves, which restricts cooking and results in the need to buy expensive ready meals, so money runs out quickly?

Can it be right for Job Centres to be handing out “food vouchers” for use at the food banks? Surely this is an admission that the current benefit system is failing the needy.

Catriona C Clark

Hawthorn Drive

Falkirk