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The number of people relying on charities to help pay for food and other essentials has doubled in the past 2 years.
Last year staff at Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) helped people make around 2,200 applications for charitable support, mainly for food but also for help with other essentials such as electricity.
That is double the number made in 2009-10, with changes to the benefits system and problems with welfare payments the most important factors behind the increase, CAS claims.