I appreciate this might come as a shock discovery to some but, according to the Swindon Food Bank, Swindon is normal:
Is Swindon unusual?
Official statistics reveal that 13 million people in the UK, live at or near the poverty line, so Swindon is normal. 1 in 6 adults in Swindon and 1 in 3 children live close or at the edge of their finances: one small problem away from a major crisis, such as having no food or not being able to provide basic living requirements for themselves.
It’s a pity they omitted the phrase ‘so Swindon is normal’ from the leaflets they gave out when collecting at the Old Town Co-op store last Sunday, but a worthwhile charity nonetheless.