Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith appeared before a select committee on Wednesday to announce that job advisers are going to be placed in food banks.
A trial is already underway in Manchester, and IDS hopes that based on the feedback it will be implemented nationally.
The move is a sign of how reliance on emergency food supplies has become a fact of life under the Conservative government. The Trussell Trust, which operates food banks all over the country, said that their facilities have been visited more than one million times in the past year.
Trussell Trust data also shows that 44 per cent of visits are caused by delays or changes to benefits income, such as sanctions.
The impact of sanctions vary: in the most extreme cases a person can lose their benefits for three years. Reasons for withdrawing benefits can range to being late for a meeting, failing to turn up on time, or leaving several jobs voluntarily.
Duncan Smith, however, defended the system today, claiming sanctions are working how they're supposed to.
Below are some of the most ridiculous reasons people have had their benefits sanctioned, which drives so many to food banks in the first place:
One case where the claimant’s wife went into premature labour and had to go to hospital. This caused the claimant to miss an appointment. No leeway given.