Food Bank in Bury Saint Edmunds.
In todays East Anglian Times (not on Web) there’s a story about the Food Bank in Bury Saint Edmunds.
“Community groups in Bury St Edmunds have shown their support for establishing a food bank in the town.” There are ”already food banks in Newmarket, Haverhill, Ipswich and Cambridge.”
The Bury Free Press quotes a spokesperson,
Calls for the food bank were made by Howard Estate resident Ernie Broom after he was approached by people in need of food and basic amenities.
Mr Broom said: “We did a survey and found there were some people really going through hard times and short of food and I thought this is wrong in an affluent town like Bury St Edmunds, this is wrong. The idea behind our scheme is that nobody should fall through the net.”
Food is donated to the charity through churches, individuals and drives at local supermarkets.
While Suffolk benefit claimants do not get enough money to buy foo, tonight Channel Four Dispatches reports on further tax avoidance schemes.
The Daily Mail says,
Tax chiefs at Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs were last night accused of having links to companies engaged in potential tax avoidance.
An in-depth undercover investigation alleges that senior directors of HMRC were connected with companies that may have been involved in limiting tax bills.
The claims come after Chancellor George Osborne condemned tax avoidance as ‘morally repugnant’, even though it is legal.
The investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, Secrets Of The Taxman, to be broadcast tomorrow, alleges:
- HMRC ethics chief Phil Hodkinson earns more than £125,000 a year from a company based in the tax haven of Guernsey.
- John Spence, until recently the Revenue’s audit committee chief, is the chairman of a major estate agents chain whose staff offered advice on avoiding stamp duty.
- The Revenue has awarded a contract for collecting millions of pounds of unpaid tax to a firm owned by a group based in Guernsey.
Last night, HMRC denied any wrongdoing, saying there was no conflict of interest in the directors’ other work
Dispatches, which is not accusing any of the HMRC directors of breaking the law, says Mr Hodkinson, who earns £35,000 a year for his part-time job as HMRC’s ethics committee chairman, also works for insurance giant Resolution, which is incorporated in Guernsey.