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In British Political Hysteria Rise of People Forced to use Food Banks Ignored.

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The number of people begging in the streets round here has not stopped growing.

Not a days goes past without seeing people on the pavements asking for money.

Not just one, but I’d say at least 20 in the town centre.

Now this report covers people whose money is delayed.

Those begging are not eligible for benefits, because Coachey would shout at them, scream something about his own past as ragamuffin  on the streets of Victorian London, tell them to pull their socks up and spend 35 hours a week ‘job-searching”.

Those homeless and sleeping in the roads in the town centre have no money.

To even get into a Food bank, well they would not qualify easily.

This kind of thing, in the present political hysteria, is being ignored.

But this report from Welfare Weekly, is important.

Benefit delays responsible for one in five foodbank referrals, new research shows.

Benefit payments delays are responsible for one in five referrals to foodbanks while benefit sanctions were responsible for 1 in 12 referrals, according to a new study by the University of Oxford and University of Chester.

The landmark two-year study of statistical data from West Cheshire Foodbank, part of the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network, provides valuable and unequivocal evidence on the causes of food poverty and who uses foodbanks.

Information was collected from 5,808 households referred to the foodbank over a 24 month period between May 2014 and April 2016, in one of the most systematic and detailed studies into foodbank use to be carried out in the UK, leading to the publication of the #stillhungry report.


Written by Andrew Coates

July 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Posted in DWP, Food Banks

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  1. “reform to the mandatory reconsideration process for benefit appeals/disputes”

    Some say “send a registered letter” who say’s they have to reply? because I know they are not. – no appeal.

    So a change to the mrp sure is needed. but will it be changed.


    July 20, 2016 at 1:35 pm

  2. You call this food?! Fucking hell! It tastes like…. Jesus! What the fuck is this? Dried shit? This is totally fucking unacceptable!

    Gordon fucking Ramsay's fucking Foodbank Nightmare

    July 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    • I have never used a Food Bank but it looks like the kind of stuff you get in Farmfoods Ltd.

      I would rather eat Sainsbury’s baked beans on toast for a week than one of those Chicken and Mushroom pies.

      Mind you I do like Nutella.

      Andrew Coates

      July 20, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      • It is mostly tinned food in the local food bank, people are asked what foods they don’t like, or are asked if they don’t like any foods they have been given. it does save food from being wasted.


        July 20, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      • You might change your mind if you haven’t eaten for a few days.


        July 20, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      • Interestingly, baked beans and wholemeal toast contain the full complement of amino acids – the ‘building blocks’ of protein. Same goes for rice and lentils.

        Food Scientist

        July 21, 2016 at 8:54 am

      • Lentils with rice is one example where two foods come together to provide all essential amino acids. Baked beans on wholegrain toast or peanut butter on wholegrain bread are other examples.

        Power to the Grains

        Food Scientist

        July 21, 2016 at 9:00 am

      • Anybody know a good book and/or website with recipes for a balanced diet that people on the dole can afford? It’s hard to only spend £20 to £30 a week for food and drink to have enough left over to be able to afford electricity/gas to cook the stuff once you’ve bought it.


        July 21, 2016 at 8:53 pm

  3. OT: UC & Delays

    “Universal Credit roll-out delayed further”

    Delayed until 2022. Why? Because of a simple reduction in entitlement to only two children.
    Now I know a tinnie winnie bit about SQL programming.
    If you have to take 6 years to Design a script, test it in a lab computer, stress test it in a data centre and then roll it out something is very very wrong with the system you are using [yes yes… I and you know its insanely crap…] so 2 years for each stage is it? How much will this change brought in by GidIdiot cost to implement? [my guess think 250K per year and up – nice little earner for someone]
    Nice to see money being spent in a good way…


    July 20, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    • When I got home last night that was on the news – about a couple of seconds….

      Thanks Gazza,

      Us lot have been predicting this for some time – based on our newshounds’ ability to read difficult magazine, er like Computer Weekly, which I think either you or Enigma or Obbi first pointed us to.

      “Ministers have announced a further delay to the government’s flagship Universal Credit scheme.

      Full roll-out of the welfare reform is now forecast in March 2022, an extension of a year – and 11 years after it was first announced.

      Universal Credit, which replaces six current benefits with a single payment, is being rolled across the country.

      It was originally scheduled to be completed in 2017 but has been beset by IT delays and costs have spiralled.


      Andrew Coates

      July 21, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      • Released documents show scale of Universal Credit problems before ‘reset’.

        It took four years, several appeals and the persistence of project manager John Slater for the DWP to release documents relating to its Universal Credit programme

        After a four-year long legal battle by independent project manager John Slater, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has released documents showing the scale of the early problems surrounding Universal Credit.

        April. Computer Weekly:


        Andrew Coates

        July 21, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      • Andrew

        What really gets on my goat about this is that this is all based on SQL databases. It’s not rocket science. Its not difficult to set up. Its the backbone of the internet like how these pages even on here are indexed and searched.

        And its going to take 6 years to write a line of code/Max 20lines? What a year for every 6 to 8 characters/2 or 3 lines per year? And charge £250K+ per year for that? Nuts.


        July 21, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      • It is just a relational database like Microsoft Access. You key in fields, for name, address, nino, work programme, hardship. Then you run a SQL (structured query language) to find out the names, addresses, nino of jobseekers who are on the work programme and on hardship. Send it to the printer or whatever. These ‘IT contractors’ are ‘aving a larf 😉


        July 22, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      • Rocket science it sure isn’t 😀


        July 22, 2016 at 8:30 pm

  4. Reblogged this on Benefit tales.


    July 20, 2016 at 6:50 pm

  5. Reblogged this on campertess.


    July 20, 2016 at 7:46 pm

  6. Reblogged this on The Greater Fool.

    Paul Smyth

    July 20, 2016 at 9:56 pm

  7. Reblogged this on Mark Catlin's Blog.

    Mark Catlin

    July 21, 2016 at 2:43 am

  8. Anybody applying for Universal Credit won’t get a penny for five weeks, usually more than five week in practice. Unless they apply for a hardship payment of course, which they won’t be told about because most applications are done online or by phone via a call centre. The reason Iain Duncan Smith gave for this delay is because 2 out of 3 jobs are paid monthly and Universal Credit would “train” people to expect such delays in income and “teach” them to prepare and better budget their money. Now, the 2 out of 3 figure comes from the general population of workers many of who will never need to apply for Universal Credit. My bet is that far fewer than 2 out of 3 of Universal Credit applicants were, before hitting the bumpers, salaried and paid monthly: many of these people were/are on zero-hour contracts, short-term contracts, doing temporary work or piece work etc., and paid on a weekly or even daily basis.

    Imagine having little or no money in the bank and having to wait for five or more weeks, after ending up out of work, before getting any assistance to pay your rent, put food on the table, or meet other essential expenses, e.g., water and electricity etc. Imagine the problems you would face with landlords, transport, council tax demands and so on and so forth. I found myself in this position this spring and I can tell you that it was a nightmare and I was one of the luckier ones who did have a few thousand pounds in the bank from my last job to tide me over until I received my first Universal Credit payment EIGHT WEEKS after applying for it. Although I found the waiting period difficult and unnecessarily worrying an stressful, this time around I didn’t need to go to a food bank, but if I’m made redundant again at some point in the future who knows? Any of us can now end up struggling not to be homeless and on the verge of actual starvation in twenty-first century Britain through no fault of our own.

    Rule Britannia!

    In my view it was criminal to set up a social security benefit paid so slowly in arrears to the desperate.

    Everything about UC stinks.

    It isn’t “helping” anybody but is responsible for inflicting misery and suffering upon legions of the innocent.


    July 21, 2016 at 7:50 am

    • Tim:

      You say – “In my view it was criminal to set up a social security benefit paid so slowly in arrears to the desperate.

      Everything about UC stinks.

      It isn’t “helping” anybody but is responsible for inflicting misery and suffering upon legions of the innocent.”

      Mate, why do you think it was set up like this in the first place? UC isn’t about helping claimants and potential claimants, it’s about setting us up so that we’ll fail. It’s about forcing people into taking shit-low-paid jobs (out of desperation) to enrich the rich even further. That’s what it’s all about my friend.

      jj joop

      July 21, 2016 at 11:19 am

      • That’s probably true but considering that families with children are going to be affected, in their hundreds of thousands if not millions, very worrying. How could this have happened? How could politicians have voted this evil shite through parliament and made it law?


        July 22, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      • The reason Iain Duncan Smith gave for this delay is because 2 out of 3 jobs are paid monthly and Universal Credit would “train” people to expect such delays in income and “teach” them to prepare and better budget their money.

        With nearly all of whats out there, a site of a site and employment agencies; monthly wages are not there for many.Trying to educate people is simply talking down to someone,also assuming someone an budget money,not all can because of a disability or similar but headlines of booze fags cash point crisis loan holidays make good headlines for the Tories in dire times.

        These ministers come and go with the same old talk flannel but people are still stuck out of work and left to rot but thats simply explained by someone not wanting to work.


        July 23, 2016 at 11:49 pm

  9. What’s it with universal fucking jobmatch. The utter pile of shite that this abomination of a website won’t let you search your local area without logging in, try and log in and you get:

    Application error

    “An error has occured handling your request.

    Please try again later. If you continue to have access problems, please contact the help desk for one of the services you have enrolled for.

    You can either close the browser, or return to the home page by clicking Continue.”

    Jesus, Hail Mary, what the fuck in Christ’s name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fucking hell!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And it the fucking shit with it making a note on the ‘activity history’ when you make your CV searchable (public)/ non searchable (private). And why can’t you edit/delete the fucking notes. And why does it mix the fucking jobs on and keep showing the same fucking jobs on each search page. And why the fuck does it show the same fucking jobs EVERY. FUCKING. DAY with different reference numbers. Fuck this fucking shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    July 21, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    • I had that, I had to change my log-in number, password, and do the whole thing again earlier this year.

      And they got nasty with me last week when they tried to make me give them Snoopers’ acces.

      It is our right not to let Snoopers watch our every move.

      Andrew Coates

      July 21, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    • The best job board without any question is: indeed.co.uk.


      July 22, 2016 at 3:36 pm

  10. 500 million quid a years those fucking monster c***s get for this fucking shite and they can’t even spell occurred!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    July 21, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    • Shh, the Tories didn’t want you to know


      57,000 Bedroom Tax victims fell behind on rent,despite a massive house shortage, second home buying has risen dramatically while first time buying has dropped,DWP get told their phone lines a rip off, A special body to encourage apprentices, skills and jobs is being shut down eight years after it was created, nurse bursaries are being shelved and school budgets cut at a time when tuition fees are set to rise.


      July 22, 2016 at 9:36 am

      • Off topic but as you know I work in a school and things aren’t improving for the children. We’re now off for summer and I know the free school meals kids probably won’t all of them get enough to eat over summer and will come back skinny and hungry. Also in the week I had a packed lunch kid saying hee lunch was just three pieces of bread and she was still hungry. It was the end of lunch and the left overs were being dished out so I made sure she got something and passed it on to the family workers. It makes me sick


        July 22, 2016 at 10:31 am

      • Nothing but bad news for millions of people.


        July 22, 2016 at 10:38 am

      • Brexit plunges UK economy to worst level since 2009, data suggests.- Heading for recession’



        July 22, 2016 at 11:26 am

      • It’s the crisis of capitalism!

        Ideal for us all……..



        Andrew Coates

        July 22, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      • I would like to think children were unknowing of such things as money but we all know this simply isn’t true sadly.

        Its quite cutting to think of a child realizing they live in poverty when comparing themselves to other kids in the school who we shall say, parents are doing ok. I cant even begin to imagine what that must feel like for working parents whose children see them go to work everyday yet struggle to supply the most basic of things for day to day living and oh my god how disheartened a parent must be come birthday and Christmas or even long before it trying to plan how their going to come up with the money for a PS4 and the likes kids play with these days.

        Its very sad to hear your words katreman on multiple occasions about this but none the less im glad you do, not just to highlight it but also because its a subject not routinely covered by this website.


        July 22, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      • I wouldn’t put any stock in latest figures if i was you enigma as things started dropping the moment a referendum was first mentioned not to mention theirs a lot of swings and roundabouts to this topic.

        I say this as if we are not careful, brexit will be used as the Tory excuse come the time they must declare they never completed a damn thing they promised. We already witnessed in two elections how the Tories leapt at the opportunity to blame Labour so lets not provide the Tories a get out of jail free card.

        I don’t know about others but i haven’t been able to get a stitch of work since December 2015. Ive gotten next to no replies from employers even just to say we received your CV and will be in touch. The ones i do get a reply to state the job has already gone but how can that be when i applied on the exact day they first posted it. Interestingly its funny how they all state the jobs gone then instantly promote some other jobs they have that i might be interested in. The problem is its either positions im not qualified for and they know that prior or its in places that without a relocation package, i could never afford to except it. It seems or at least to me a common trend for agencies to do this now days, maybe im wrong, maybe you all have or are experiencing this also.

        The pound is very weak meaning people abroad buy more of what we make or use a service we supply.This means companies lose profit which would lead to either a down scale of workforce or increase of consumer price. If its the latter then this could impact export which in turn could lead to both actions being necessary in the end. Businesses don’t know whats its going to cost to operate here so have since more so January 2016 onwards looked to invest and or operate elsewhere. Goods and services operating here but owned abroad have already started raising prices which means the cost of living will go up so yet again departing from addressing the serious lack of raises needed. Knowing government i imagine they will create a tax haven, turn a blind eye to yet more dodgy bank and finance practices, negate on the 9 per hourly wage by 2020 (i suspect they will abandon it completely although they wont say that so watch the spin), raise taxes soon or leave it to the next election has been won.


        July 22, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    • The sinister extremes government is taking to bully, oppress and psychologically push the imposed useless eaters into an early grave is staggering with a population cajoled into believing this is best for society under a fascist regime.


      July 22, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      • In a nutshell.


        July 22, 2016 at 3:18 pm

  11. Thanks Doug… It’s truly horrible some of what we see stays with me ages.. And as I’ve said I’m a working single mum andi went through the system when it was a lot kinder than it is now. God knows how single parents cope now!


    July 22, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    • Many single parents appear in the local food bank Kat, of course more will appear in the next six weeks. many end up in tears.


      July 22, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      • Enigma it must be truly awful! My union, unite, works with the local foodbanks and every month I drop off a few items including things like loo roll and tampons. I don’t worry about job security, I’ve been a midday supervisor, now senior, for 6 years, and I’ve been cleaning for 3 all in same place but I really worry about my back going permanently with all the heavy cleaning!
        I know the summer will be tough for many people.


        July 23, 2016 at 8:44 am

  12. Tory scum under Cameron allowed victorian workhouses to return to Britain, and this is the same evil b*stard that gets a standing ovation from Westminster political mafia after he stepped down!



    July 22, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    • Marie

      This is good – but better yet this has implications for Gulag Amazon et all who follow these rules.

      As for the charging on the use of issued debit cards, I wonder if agencies across the country are aware that it is a no no… hhhhmmmm…


      July 22, 2016 at 7:51 pm

  13. Mastercard to buy VocaLink

    “VocaLink runs Link, the network that provides interoperability between British ATMs, as well as BACS, the clearing house for payments between bank accounts, and Faster Payments, the inter-bank transfer system for Internet and telephone-based payments.”

    thus ensuring the NSA gets to slurp all your transactio info wether ‘data protected’ or not.


    July 23, 2016 at 1:57 am

  14. UK unemployment rate falls to fresh 11-year low,


    Well lets have a look at this too.

    Middle Britain becomes the ‘new poor’ as poverty stalks the nation



    July 23, 2016 at 1:35 pm

  15. What will it be next, tent cities?


    July 23, 2016 at 2:35 pm

  16. […] Source: In British Political Hysteria Rise of People Forced to use Food Banks Ignored. […]

  17. Communities to provide free lunches for children during school holidays,to ease burden on poor families,churches and community groups in the UK are making thousands of meals available.



    July 24, 2016 at 9:53 am

    • “It brought tears to the eyes of some of our older members of the church who remembered the 1930s depression, when we began the food bank in 2012. Many of those in this proud town that access the food bank are working families usually messed around by benefit delays or sanctions.”


      July 24, 2016 at 3:13 pm

  18. WELFARE activist Dr Tony Cox has been sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work after being found guilty of shouting and swearing at Maximus disability assessment centre staff while accompanying a benefits claimant.

    Cox, who volunteers for the Scottish Unemployed Workers Network, plans to appeal against his conviction and community payback sentence handed down at Dundee Sheriff Court yesterday.

    He said he was extremely disappointed with the verdict and called the ruling a “political attack”.

    Cox, of Dundee, added: “I am furious with the verdict, being made to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work within six months is a clear attack on my ability to carry out my work helping people through the Scottish Unemployed Workers Network.”



    July 24, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    • Yep indeed he makes them sweat.

      Its interesting though how every time you read about him, not once does the media say “you know what though, hes right,you are allowed to be accompanied, dwp have a policy for such so why did this maximus person lie ?”.

      The whole trial if you can call it a trial centered solely around what he said, took no mention as to the events leading up to it.

      I wish him luck on his appeal as hes a good man who just got a little vocal if at all he ever did that is considering the evidence is hearsay.


      July 25, 2016 at 8:39 am

      • Also by him being handed this, maximus can prevent him from entering any of their premises in the future so he has to appeal and has to win.


        July 25, 2016 at 8:40 am

  19. Many more people to be laid off then it’s time for forced labour.

    Devolve schemes for unemployed, says London mayor Sadiq Khan

    Thinktank report claims cities can run work programmes more effectively.



    July 24, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    • The idea always has had potential but through short mindedness has devolved into what can only be described as forced labour which is a shame.

      It needs all industry to be involved and not a few companies, it needs to tap into trade shortages seeking out possible claimants with the potential to withstand the education required. It needs choice rather than merely pushing people into work they don’t and wont be doing for long as they look for work in a different trade. We need to invest in claimants not just in gaining work experience but the required trade certification/qualification for it. Incorporate a specially made package for those yet young or undecided so they can experience different trades weekly.

      Yes it indeed has potential but whether a city could do better remains uncertain as does their intent.


      July 25, 2016 at 8:28 am

  20. It appears that being “employed” at some organisations is no different then what people experience at their local jobcentres’.

    You have to ask what their disability policy is?

    Sports Direct is founded on a business model that enables the majority of workers to be treated “without dignity or respect”, according to damning report from a committee of MPs.

    “The evidence we heard points to a business whose working practices are closer to that of a Victorian workhouse than that of a modern, reputable high street retailer.



    July 24, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    • Its not hard to see discrimination at sports direct, just take a look at the staff in his shops.

      Notice how their all young, not one oldie in a t shirt and running bottoms, not a wheel chair in sight ?


      July 25, 2016 at 8:15 am

  21. The adviser then told him that he didn’t have to tell prospective employers about the GP note or his leg,

    “I fear for my sanity,” he says. “I’m being instructed to mislead potential employers and spend 35 hours per week – compulsorily – applying for jobs I have no chance of obtaining. Or starve.



    July 25, 2016 at 8:57 am

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