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