Readers respond to news that ministers have secretly drawn up plans to investigate whether the government’s own policies are to blame for the sharp rise in the use of food banks

It’s welcome news that the UK government could be finally waking up to the fact that its policies are driving people to food banks (Ministers’ secret plan to assess role of austerity in food poverty, 2 August).

Government researchers won’t have to look far to find the existing evidence that the fundamental problem is one of low income. Benefit reforms, including the devastating rollout of universal credit, are unquestionably and directly linked to increased food bank use. Even those in work know it is not a route out of poverty, thanks to low wages and the proliferation of insecure contracts.

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