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07/20/2017 - 11:32

Not all housing is the traditional "bricks and mortar" we tend to think of. There are lots of less permanent housing types, including houseboats, park homes and caravans.

Across our local area, a number of individuals and families live in "non traditional" accommodation.

This story brings together some brief data and identifies links to find out more about the types, scale and occupation of "non-traditional" housing in our area.

01/18/2017 - 15:08

“Data is the new oil…” is a phrase often used by those in the industry to describe the vast, valuable and extremely powerful resource available to us. We generate an astronomical amount of data, in fact 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone according to IBM.

12/08/2016 - 15:11

Forecasting pupil rolls can be tricky business but getting it right can be sweet.

10/14/2016 - 17:50

It has been estimated that there were 257 deaths attributable to particulate air pollution in Cambridgeshire in 2010 and that over 5% of Cambridgeshire’s population mortality is attributed to air pollution (based on ambient levels of PM2.5). The percentage in Cambridge is 5.8% which equates to 47 deaths attributable to air pollution (

10/06/2016 - 15:00

What is Hate Crime? A hate crime is one which is “committed against someone because of their disability, gender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation” (1). It covers a wide range of crime types including assault, harassment, and inciting others to commit hate crimes. Following the EU referendum on 23rd June, the Police experienced a 57% increase in national reporting of hate crime to their online reporting site between 23rd and 26th June compared to the same time 4 weeks before (2).

Clients referred to Cambridge City Foodbank by Cambridge & District CAB 2014/15

What is a food bank?

Food banks support people in financial crisis who cannot afford to buy food and/or fuel.

The first foodbank in the UK was set up in 2000 by Trussell Trust. In 2004 the charity launched a franchise model to teach churches and communities nationwide how to start their own foodbank. Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non- perishable in date food to a foodbank for people in financial crises. Food is also collected at supermarket collection points: these are events held at supermarkets where volunteers give shoppers a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to donate items of food.

Foodbanks are welcoming public distribution centres which are usually located in local churches. People are given three days’ worth of food per food voucher, and can be issued up to 3 vouchers per emergency.

Why did we do the research?

We were the largest individual referrer to Cambridge City Foodbank in 2014/15. As foodbank referrals are so significant to our work we wanted to better understand who are referring and why.

The research was also done to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by the poorest households in Cambridge. Cambridge is considered to be a very wealthy city and so issues related to poverty can be overlooked. Finally, very little research has been undertaken into the profile of foodbank users. This research is the first of its kind to be published and openly available to the public.

What does the data show?

The research shows that some households are proportionately more likely to run out of resources quicker than others when they face a crisis. These household types include:

  • Single person households
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Those aged between 40 and 50 years old
  • Homeless people

Further information

To read the full report on the profile of Cambridge & District CAB clients that need foodbanks go to: The report also contains information indicating main reasons why people need foodbanks.

We are currently undertaking further research to look into reasons why people need vouchers in greater depth, and their experiences of using foodbanks.

By highlighting the reasons behind the need for food vouchers, we can suggest changes to local/national policy. Also further research will consider what more can be done to ensure people get the correct entitlements.

If you would like to find out more about our research contact Helen Crowther, Research and Campaigns Coordinator (

Clients referred to Cambridge City Foodbank by Cambridge & District CAB 2014/15