Poor to Blame for Using Food Banks – Michael Gove.
The Daily Mail reports,
Families become so poor they are forced to turn to food banks because of their own ‘decisions’, Michael Gove has claimed.
The Education Secretary argued that people who find themselves unable to buy essentials, including food and school uniforms have themselves to blame for being unable ‘to manage their finances’.
Amongst the many comments is this:
Gove was also accused of hypocrisy, as campaigners pointed to his own inability to manage his finances during the expenses scandal.
In 2009, Gove was forced to pay back £7,000 he had claimed to pay for luxury furnishings including a £750 Loire table.
Gove’s chaotic living arrangements also came under attack from another unlikely source. His wife Sarah Vine wrote in her first column for the Daily Mail today that having her husband “hanging around the house all summer” had been a “total nightmare”.
More details (Wikipedia),
Michael Gove claimed £7,000 for furnishing a London property before reportedly ‘flipping’ his designated second home, a property for which he claimed around £13,000 to cover stamp duty. Gove also claimed for a cot mattress, despite children’s items being banned under the Commons rule. Gove said he would repay the claim for the cot mattress, but maintained that his other claims were “below the acceptable threshold costs for furniture” and that moving house was necessary “to effectively discharge my parliamentary duties”. While he was moving between homes, on one occasion he stayed at the Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa following a constituency engagement, charging the taxpayer more than £500 per night’s stay.
Somebody who can get £500 paid for a night’s stay in a hotel may not notice this, but food prices have risen enormously.
The cost of basics like pasta, bread and potatoes has gone up faster than people like him imagine.
More widely there is this (28th June):
Living costs have risen 25% in the past five years and placed an “unprecedented” financial burden on the poor, a report has found.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) said rising childcare and energy costs, coupled with stagnating wages and benefit cuts, widened the poverty gap.
Benefits have not increased by 25% in the last five years.