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Benefits System Leaves People in “Destitution, Hardship and Hunger.”

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Massive cuts to social safety nets have led to “destitution, hardship and hunger on a large scale” in Britain, with more than half a million people now forced to rely on food banks for sustenance, key poverty charities have warned in a report.

The Guardian continues,

Welfare changes and mistakes by Jobcentre Plus staff are causing delays in benefits and errors or sanctions, which push vulnerable people into precarious situations, the report from Church Action on Poverty and Oxfam warns. The charities want an urgent parliamentary inquiry.

“The shocking reality is that hundreds of thousands of people in the UK are turning to food aid,” said Mark Goldring, Oxfam’s chief executive. “Cuts to social safety nets have gone too far, leading to destitution, hardship and hunger on a large scale. It is unacceptable that this is happening in the seventh wealthiest nation on the planet.”

“The report, Walking the Breadline, is backed by the Trussell Trust, the UK’s biggest provider of food banks. It blames the increasing pressure on food banks on far-reaching changes to the benefits system, as well as on unemployment, increased underemployment, low and falling incomes and rising food and fuel prices.

Changes to the benefit system are the most common reasons for people using food banks, including delays in payments, sanctions, sickness benefit reassessments and changes to crisis loan eligibility rules, according to the report.

You can read the report here.

Walking the breadline call for an inquiry into links between benefit sanctions and food poverty

“We urge the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee to conduct an urgent inquiry into the relationship between benefit delay, error or sanctions, welfare reform changes, and the growth of food poverty.

Petition calling for an enquiry Here.

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  1. “The ultra-wealthy, banks and corporations from around the globe have some $32 trillion of wealth hidden in off-shore tax havens”

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/05/30/taxh-m30.html

    Let me explain something to you all…The “$32 trillion” may in fact be MUCH higher, some have said it is into the hundreds/thousands of trillions ?, I think it is at least into the hundreds of trillions. The Queen is said to have trillions banked around the world, her family have had centuries to accumulate great wealth. If people only knew the truth of it all, but that is hidden from us…

    Annos

    May 30, 2013 at 11:45 am

  2. I must say I give maximum respect for the writers of the Walking the Breadline report: they really know what they’re talking about!

    Andrew Coates

    May 30, 2013 at 11:58 am

  3. I told a friend of mine about the food banks about a year ago. We were talking about the work programme and how people are really struggling due to the draconian measures.

    My friend thought I was joking about the food banks. Thinking i was making some reference to something from history. That article is right, it is a disgrace that such a thing is needed in a well off country in the 21st century.

    Austerity my arse!

    Mr No

    May 30, 2013 at 3:41 pm

  4. The Government is not going to do anything about, the poverty they created-by picking on the unemployed and poor-rather than the Rich, who started the Recession!
    And Charities like the CAB, will do nothing either, as they are part funded by the Government!!
    In fact, half of these Social Welfare Charities, actually AGREED, and APPROVED, the Governments ,Human Rights violation, changes!!
    Fact!
    As I found out about two years, ago, when (after I had prosecuted-the then, New Deal Trainee Provider Calder UK Ltd, for the 3rd time,in a Court for attempted violations of Article 2 and 3 of ECHR 1998), I wrote to the Head CAB Office.They never answered my letter in writing, they just phoned instead-about 6 Months later!
    They made excuses for not writing ,to the DWP.

    So what are WE the Public going to do?
    Well let’s start a Legal Case. Let’s use the ECHR 1998, to issue a Claim against the Government in a Court of Law. For these Government, Anti-unmeployed Laws, are ILLEGAL and do breach Human Rights Laws.
    So we need any Human Rights Solicitors or Barristers, willing to give up their free time. We need people who can type Legal papers etc.
    We need to start as soon as possible, before these ilegal changes start to starve People to death!
    I can be contacted at: retidees@yahoo.com

    Mike

    May 30, 2013 at 5:24 pm

  5. i was in the job centre,a woman came frantically in i”ve been sanctioned to august without any money,it appeared she had been accused of missing a work programme interview at A4e.it went on that she had not,this all sounded very familiar in the past appointments that never existed,wrong days’ and times and it was in black and white the times/dates of appointments that they had printed off.a cynical person might say people are being made fools of.

    any deficit reduction should be clawed back from the financial sector,not those on benefits.bailouts then cut price sell offs are unfair to everyone including the “taxpayer” although little to nothing is mentioned about that.with royal mail next its all back to the era of pumped up on public money the sold off cheap.there’s little left now except for the aftermath of extortionate prices and feelings of being left cheated.

    ken

    May 30, 2013 at 6:26 pm

  6. Well,with all these food banks at least we will all be able to cash in our chips,yeah sorry but sometimes now you don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

    ck

    May 30, 2013 at 6:51 pm

  7. This is no surprise to me :here in Bracknell the half wits that make up the majority of the staff at the Local office of Maximus are referring individuals with Mental health issues and special needs to the Cleaning contractor MITIE a Bristol based company who see no problem with breaking the Mental Capacity Act by using these people to work unsupervised using chemicals and heavy floor buffing equipment to clean the floors of ALDI supermarkets in clear breach of the Mental Health capacity act which states those concerned must give informed consent., one individual sent there has not been paid for three months whilst his advisor scrambles around trying to find vouchers for Sainsburys Supermarket so that he can feed himself. Disgusting.

    David Anthony Penson

    May 30, 2013 at 6:59 pm

  8. In trouble ‘refusing’ these kind of jobs despite:
    Bad back, can’t do much twisting/bending. Can’t stand/walk all day. Only want to use cruelty free/green products. Badly allergic to most cleaning products. Looking down a lot makes my dizziness and seizures much worse. Likely to have fits at work in front of customers. Heavy lifting. Etc. Some sites miles away with no public transport. In sites where there is employee subsidised food I can’t eat any of it. None has a disabled toilet and I need lots of breaks for it but no toilet breaks allowed.

    Have they considered another point? If you are workfare mopping floors and stacking shelves, you are going to be resented by everyone.
    -By working/nonworking customers who think you are scum and possibly on community service after jail.
    -By paid staff. You are not being paid, they’ll look down on you and make a them and us system. You are a threat to their jobs.
    -By other workfare people.
    -By previous paid staff sacked from the store in order to make workfare places.

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    June 16, 2013 at 6:38 am

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