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Ipswich Charity Food Parcel Demand Swells: Ben Gummer MP Blames People who ‘Use’ System.

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Ben Gummer with Friend: Makes Spiteful Comments about Unemployed.

The Ipswich  Evening Star carries this story today.

MORE than three times the number of emergency food parcels have been handed out so far this year compared to 2011, a charity has revealed.

The blame has been put on escalating food and heating prices which have taken their toll on families, with more having to rely on charity donations to get by.

Ipswich-based Families in Need (FIND) has given out 1,784 parcels so far this year which is in stark comparison to 542 in 2011 and just 378 the previous year.

Chair Maureen Reynel claims it is because of ever-rising living costs, people losing their jobs and money not stretching far enough.

She said: “Money just doesn’t go far enough with the terrific rise in the cost of food, heating and everything and the cut in benefits.”

FIND’s food parcels contain the basics including dried pasta, potatoes and tinned foods that can be used to make balanced meals and are designed to last families for a week.

Maureen Reed (MBE)  in a controversial figures in Ipswich.

She is an Evangelical Christian with strong opinions  who vets anybody receiving her charity.

As she says, “Find is based on faith, hope and love and without that I couldn’t do what I do, because it takes a lot of energy,” she said.

“I need lots of miracles, and they do happen.” BBC

One miracle that didn’t happen is a change in  the sour attitude of Ipswich Tory MP Benedict Gummer.

He thinks that the poverty of people on benefits is caused by administrative delays – and not, for  example, the low amount of money we get, or the suspensions that are rained down on claimants.

He has an obsession with ‘fraud’.

Well-off public school educated Gummer even that the cheek to make spiteful comments about those who know how to “use the system”.

We assume he would prefer everybody not to know how to use it.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said the fact there is a need for the parcels shows the benefits system still needs reform.

He said: “There are still real problems for those needing the safety net when they lose their job or when their circumstances change.

“There are too many forms to fill in and the administration simply takes far too long.

“We have cut the benefit bill by £10 million by tackling fraud, but we know there are people who have been on benefit for years who know how to use the system – while those who really need urgent help,  the kind of people that Beveridge was thinking of when he set it up are left struggling.”


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  1. The Void comments on how you can make your opinion of this, and the likes of Gummer heard via the obliging Web Site of the Tory Party: http://www.conservatives.com/Get_involved/benefits_haveyoursay.aspx

    Andrew Coates

    December 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    • I urge everybody to follow this link and answer this questionaire. There are two questions with a YES/NO (loaded question) tick box, a 300 character COMMENT box and you have to leave an email address. I doesn’t take long. Try not to get too ranty or sweary. Have fun.


      December 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm

  2. Cut Schools
    Cut Homes
    Cut Hospitals
    Cut Heating
    Cut Benefits
    Cut Throats….!

    something survived...

    December 17, 2012 at 6:35 pm

  3. “work programme” “adviser” goes internet dating 🙂


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    This post will self-destruct in T minus…

    Big Fish

    December 17, 2012 at 11:43 pm

  4. […] Comrade Coates here blames us wicked Tories for it all. Though there is nothing in what Ben Gummer says that could be […]

  5. A Conservative MP has proposed creating a welfare cash card to ensure that benefits are spent on “essential” items only.

    Alec Shelbrooke said the card could be provided to out-of-work people on benefits to pay for travel, food, clothing, energy and housing.

    Recipients would be prohibited from spending the money on “luxury” goods such as Sky TV, cigarettes and alcohol – items which “hard-working families” have to cut back on when money is tight.

    Mr Shelbrooke was speaking in the Commons on 18 December 2012 as he introduced his bill under the ten minute rule motion.

    He told MPs it would provide an opportunity for out-of-work families to “take charge of their finances in the same way as they will need to when they get back into employment”.

    It would also end the “damaging perception” of benefits claimants as “financially reckless”.

    We need to stop the “socially destructive state-funded way of living”, he argued, adding that welfare benefits were designed to be a temporary safety net in times of need, “a hand up, not simply a hand out”.

    Mr Shelbrooke’s bill received an unopposed first reading but it is unlikely to become law without government support.



    December 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    • Load of shite: almost every penny of the cost of ciggies and booze winds its way back to the exchequer in the form of fag tax and liquor duty, and the sky telly tax goes to line ruprick murdick’s pockets.

      francine gallacher

      December 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      • Saying this scheme is to encourage claimant towards a healthy diet is a piss-take. As if Alec Shelbrooke and his collaborators wants the unemployed to live long and healthy lives, on the contrary he wants them DEAD! And this schemes will achieve this by restricting access to the most basic of resources – food. The “approved” list will become so restrictive that the unemployed will be left to exist on a diet of value sausages and gruel. It probably also ties in with Osbourne’s cunning plan to devalue benefits by not uprating then in line with inflation. Human beings are going to die of malnutrition. The UK is turning into a Third World country.


        December 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    • A lot of folks have sky just for the internet access, the crap tv which probably nobody watches just comes as part of the package. How are folks expected to jobsearch if internet access is classed as a “luxury”. Incidentally, advanced civilisations such as Finland and France along with most of the rest of Europe now class internet access as a human right. Instead of using technology to benefit humankind the UK is using technology to drag us back into the dark ages.

      O Cromwell

      December 19, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    • Surely cigarettes are “essential” items if you are a smoker.

      Universal Jobmatch

      December 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm

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