An excellent take on this misleading report.
Trussell Trust who run over 423 Food Banks in the UK ( currently zero in Derby) declared in their 2013/14 report that they handed out parcels to 913,138 people. This is a very precise figure. I queried with them whether the figure actually represented the number of unique people who had a requirement for a food parcel in the 12 month period, or the number of visits that were made to their 423+ Food Banks. Various politicians and public individuals have clearly interpreted this as being unique people.
Their response was very telling
- They do not record unique users – so therefore they should not report it as such. They should report visits, not people.
- If they use sampling as a proxy then they should state it. It would be advisable not to quote a precise number. By their…
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