As Prime Minister Theresa May declares that ‘austerity is over’, Dispatches can reveal that more than 35,000 parents are now using baby banks to provide their young children with nappies, clothes, toys and cots. Dispatches has discovered that there are now more than 100 baby banks in the UK, the vast majority of which have been set up since the austerity programme began. For the first time, Dispatches has surveyed these baby banks, to get a sense of who they’re serving and the services they’re providing. The results of this ground-breaking survey show that demand has increased significantly. We meet working parents who can’t afford the most basic essentials and have to rely on baby banks to provide for their children.


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