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Get Rid of System that Creates Food Bank Demand. 

I might be alone in this – though this is doubtful – but isn’t this distasteful?

A Tyneside company is aiming to turn Black Friday into Give Back Friday with a donation to a food bank on orders received during the discounting period.

EthicalSuperstore.com will donate a grocery item to the Newcastle West End food bank for every order it receives over £30 on Friday.

The Gateshead firm is hoping to repeat the success of a similar offer it ran last year, when it donated a total of 1,576 grocery items worth more than £1,500 to the busy food bank.

Peter Leatherland, of EthicalSuperstore.com, said: “Black Friday has become synonymous with crowds of people clamouring to get discounted technology products at well-known high street stores and supermarkets, but we want to do something a little different.

“Our feel-good Friday provides customers with 20% off products as well as giving something back to the community through donations, helping those families who truly need it.

“We want to raise awareness of food banks, hopefully encouraging our customers to think about others and perhaps donate to their own local food banks and good causes whilst hunting for bargains during Black Friday.”

More in the Chronicle.

Nobody doubts the scale of the problem:

More than 500,000 three day emergency food parcels have been distributed to people in crisis in the first half of 2016/17 – over 188,500 to children.

Between April and September 2016, Trussell Trust foodbanks across the UK distributed 519,342 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis compared to 506,369 during the same period last year. 188,584 of these went to children.

Trussell Trust CEO, David McAuley says: “As the number of emergency food parcels provided to people by foodbanks rises once again, it’s clear that more can be done to get people back on their feet faster.”

But why does it exist?

Oh Yes…

Benefit sanctions forcing people to use food banks, study confirms

Oxford University research shows link between sanctions and use of charity parcels, a pattern ministers refuse to accept

Guardian 27th of October. 

This was Damian – ‘Gig economy’ – Green’s response (FT November the 16th),

Under the existing system, hardship payments are available to cover day-to-day living costs but for many jobseekers they cannot be claimed until 14 days after a sanction has been applied.

Only certain categories of people can claim those payments, for example if they have children or a long-term health condition. Mr Green’s initiative will add homeless people and those with a mental health condition — an estimated 10,000 — to those who can claim straight away.

We need sanctions, and I don’t agree with those who would abolish them,” he said. “But I am always keen to improve the system.”

If you want to reduce the demand for Food Banks start by getting Labour to make getting rid of sanctions a priority.

Abolish the Sanctions System!



Written by Andrew Coates

November 25, 2016 at 3:59 pm

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  1. What praycan this shower tell me are the starving to do for the other Non-Black Friday days of the year?

    What codswallop


    November 25, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    • Gazza,

      Were the DWP supposed to be scrapping universal jobshite,have you any information about this please!


      November 26, 2016 at 5:31 pm

  2. Tax credit error costs families with disabled children £4,400 a year

    ‘Gap in data feed’ led to thousands of families missing up to £20,000 – but payments will only be backdated to April

    The Guardian – Friday 25 November 2016 15.05 GMT

    Thousands of families with disabled children have lost out on up to £4,400 a year in tax credits after an administrative blunder by the authorities.

    The error in processing their claims meant an estimated 28,000 families whose children qualified for disability living allowance (DLA) during 2011-14 missed out on an additional tax credit premium of between £60 and £84 a week.

    The government revealed in the autumn statement this week it has set aside £360m over six years to ensure these families receive child disability tax credits in future. However, the payments will be backdated only to April, meaning individual families may have lost out on entitlements totalling up to £20,000 over the past five years.

    The non-payment of the tax credit premiums appears to have been a result of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) failing to inform HMRC about families’ eligibility for the award over a three-year period.

    Read More:

    “”””Despite the large sums of money involved, the tax credits correction was referred to without explanation in the main Treasury autumn statement report, with only sketchy details of the error buried in a supporting document on policy costings.””””

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 25, 2016 at 4:31 pm

  3. IRA – Independent Rasta Army – DWP getting political again. Political death. Political Treason. DWP Treason. High Treason.

    Let`s put kids in poverty – What happens next for the politicians – Child Prostitution to make money for their families. Pimp a MP. Pimp May Pimp Up The Tory Child Prostitution Racket.

    9 years olds with sub machine guns to look after the 7 year old Child Prostitution. Poverty Slum Tory Life. Youth Gangs are rife because of the Tory Fucking up kids to be a Tory Pedo. MP Vice Den. Coke Tory Factory.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 25, 2016 at 4:35 pm

  4. The DWP running the Child Trafficking Operation. Lets hide the kids in food banks.

    Child Trafficking DWP leading to Child Prostitution at the Food Bank.

    MP`s Vice Den.

    Could try being coached in football, but to me the Work & Life Coaches are pedos.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 25, 2016 at 4:51 pm

  5. You’ll be lucky. Labour have done nothing to oppose any of this. The lack of any real political opposition is a major part of the problem. With Labour MPs ordered to vote with the Conservatives again and again while these changes to the benefits system were being made.
    They had so many 3-line whips, they must all have had stripes down their backs.
    Remember the 44 rebels ? It’s not so long ago that Labour were lining up their own workfare schemes, backed with sanctions.
    Even now, they are not prepared to touch the ordinary long-term unemployed.
    Labour’s sudden concern for Daniel Blake, is based far more on the fact that he is portrayed as a sick man treated badly by the system, than the fact that he is unemployed.
    Of course, it is good that at least the disabled are at last getting some attention to their situation.
    However, the able-bodied unemployed, now firmly established as ‘skivers’ in the eyes of the general public, are still at the back of the queue.

    Jeff Smith

    November 25, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    • Scotland wins battle to end voluntary work programme sanctions.

      Holyrood can exempt Scots taking part from having benefits stopped or cut thanks to newly devolved welfare powers.

      Unemployed Scots taking part in newly devolved, voluntary work programmes will not face sanctions, after the Scottish government won its battle with Westminster to exempt those taking part from having their benefits stopped or reduced.

      The Scottish government’s minister for employability and training, Jamie Hepburn, welcomed this as “a great relief to individuals who have had to cope with this unnecessary stress and harm in the past”


      Andrew Coates

      November 25, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      • How does that work though? Are claimants still going to be refered to a MANDATORY ‘work programme’?: “Voluntary!? Where did you hear that? Some daft web site? The ‘work programme’ is still a MANDATORY programme.” Will claimants still be threatened with sanctions: “If you don’t participate you WILL be sanctioned.” And who in their right mind would set foot in a ‘providers’ office of their own free one. Why would anyone give Ingeus, Working Links the business?

        Obviously claimants are still going to be referred to these ‘voluntary’ programmes. It will be either that or thrice daily signing-on. In that case claimants could just not set foot in the provider’s premises for the full duration of the ‘work programme’. Of course ‘providers’ would still collect their referal fee.


        November 25, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      • there not mandatory tho as soon as you get in the place they want you to sign there contract which if you look on the foi you do not have to sign it and also stops them getting paid.

        then just say you are willing to take part but will sign nothing as there a 3rd party private company and they can not sanction you for not signing it.

        every single time i have done this and all they did is send a sanction for non attendance.

        my 2 year stint on the wp lasted 20 mins in 2 years and when i went for my exit report at the end the file for me was blank 😉


        November 25, 2016 at 8:03 pm

  6. Mum-of-four faces losing home after 75% housing benefit cut


    November 25, 2016 at 7:08 pm

  7. Mother pleads for help in ending autistic son’s seven-year incarceration

    DNS – 24th Nov 2016

    Disabled activists and academics have called for the release of an autistic man with learning difficulties who has been held in locked mental health institutions for seven years, against his and his family’s wishes.

    The case of Eden Norris (pictured, with his mother and sister) was highlighted at the parliamentary launch of a new online educational resource, which itself focuses on how tens of thousands of people with learning difficulties were locked away in long-stay hospitals through much of the twentieth century.

    The website tells the story of disabled campaigner and self-advocate Mabel Cooper, who was institutionalised in the 1950s, and kept in long-stay hospitals for more than 30 years, as a result of bogus assessments of her IQ.

    Read In Full:

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 25, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    • The DWP have sent many people to Mental Hospitals over the past 6 years. At a cost of £billions !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 25, 2016 at 8:24 pm

  8. Do decision makers even exist, or are they a myth created so that cock roaches and poverty pimps can use them as a smokescreen when THEY sanction a claimant???


    November 25, 2016 at 8:38 pm

  9. Nothing would surprise me about these effing retards 😉


    November 25, 2016 at 8:45 pm

  10. Want to know why all this is happening and why certain people are able to predict events like brexit,trump etc ?

    Yes its a long video for some but its worth watching as it will give you some incite to how this has come about. If ants are in your pants at least speed the video to the points the guy Mark Blyth talks about.

    I frankly could give you many videos like this as it didn’t all start 3 years ago, didn’t start when conservatives came to power or even the crash. This road we are all now walking started a lot further back and why such people have been able to predict outcomes based on solid facts your government dont use or ignore and never ever mention.


    November 26, 2016 at 12:09 am

    • PS: by want to know why all this is happening i mean why people bucked the expected trend, why people here,or Greece, even USA went the other way despite others so sure of a different verdict that people would stick to the norm as they saw it.

      As i said the whole video is worth a watch BUT Mark Blyth is the one that really lays it out for the point i make.


      November 26, 2016 at 9:46 am

  11. There will always be sanction, penalties and punishments in social security provision, the real issue is that under the current draconian system sanctions are too easy to apply, apparently at the whim of junior civil servants, and are disproportionately, ridiculously severe. And let’s not forget that with Universal Credit every new applicant is effectively sanctioned for at least five weeks, based on the brazen lie that all new claimants have just left work with a full month’s of salary freshly paid to them to support them until they receive their entitlements, and denied any help or assistance whatsoever until the end of five to ten or more weeks while their application is processed and their payments made in arrears which is appalling.

    The waiting period mentioned above for new UC claimants. basically a five to ten week sanction for a change in circumstances, coupled with fixed periods sanctions of two weeks, four week, twelve weeks or thirty-six weeks is factually horrendous. As more and more people end up on Universal Credit the DWP will have to own this blooming misery and do something about it.


    November 26, 2016 at 9:15 am

  12. post code for dwp envelopes Shows up as a royal mail site in TELFORD. Called it up on Street View


    November 26, 2016 at 10:09 am

  13. Acceptable Malnutrition, austerity and eugenics.

    In a very wealthy first-world democracy, it is completely unacceptable that anyone is left hungry, malnourished and in absolute poverty.

    “Eugenic goals are most likely to be attained under another name than eugenics.”.


    news seeker

    November 27, 2016 at 12:07 pm

  14. Incidentally for those of us who use cheap shops, the new New B&M store in Carr Street is not bad.

    And as for ethics, all its products are made and sold by workers!


    Andrew Coates

    November 27, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    • What on Earth are you talking about, Mr Coates? B&Ms products are made by Chinese slaves and sold by workfare slaves!

      Boycott Workfare

      November 27, 2016 at 2:05 pm

  15. Technophobes can relax – there’s no such thing as the fourth industrial revolution.

    The theme of the 2016 World Economic Forum (“WEF”) in Davos was the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”. Professor Klaus Schwab, WEF’s founder, has even published a hasty, crowd-sourced book. He warns that the scale, speed and impact of new technologies, focused on artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of things, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, blockchains and biotechnology, are “so profound” that in history “there has never been a time of greater promise or potential peril”.


    news seeker

    November 27, 2016 at 1:09 pm

  16. Someone has spray painted I,Daniel Blake onto Exeter job centre!



    November 27, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    • Former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith criticised its depiction of the benefits system, saying: “The film has taken the very worst of anything that can ever happen to anybody, lump it all together and then say ‘absolutely, this is life as it is lived by people.’ And I don’t believe that.”

      Now if you notice or at the time when he did say this, he states “The film has taken the very worst of anything that can ever happen to anybody,lump it all together”. So instantly he intends not to be specific.
      He goes on to say, “then say ‘absolutely, this is life as it is lived by people” Well instantly the power word here of note is “absolutely”. He could have said that without the use of the word so hes slyly if later backed into a corner or government providing the opportunity to use certain cases to say look, see and so lower public sensitivity towards those who did go exactly through that including even dying minus dropping dead in court that is rather than in hospital,the street and there homes.
      He finishes with “I don’t believe that”, not this is not true but “I don’t believe that”. Now you can see by the sentence constructs throughout be it from the actual mind of IDS or his spin doctor, their very aware of the use of words and there concise definition so know the difference between belief and fact.This means hes only committing to what he thinks is the case rather than firmly backing what is the case.

      Vague while assertive yet non committed. I think it says it all.


      November 28, 2016 at 3:37 am

  17. Anybody Else Received The New Wrag/Esa Coachy Interview Letter. You Must Phone 03456043719 Before Attending. (Ipswich Contact Centre). They Give You Your Coachys Direct Line. Runs To Four Pages. Mostly About Sanctions And Food Banks!

    Be Afraid.

    November 28, 2016 at 10:49 am

  18. Front of Daily Express today. Retirement Age To Hit 70. Only Under 55’s For Nown

    Be Afraid.

    November 28, 2016 at 10:57 am

  19. Should read for NOW sorrt about typo

    Be Afraid.

    November 28, 2016 at 10:58 am

    • No, you be afraid as right about now there’s no guarantee anyone’s going to be drawing a pension by then.

      Its time to man up and face reality as even without the consideration of reaching your pension, the world as you know it has changed and is not going to go back to the way it was, well not unless billions die or start all over again with never before thought ideologies that is and to think its all because people cling to that which we call money.

      Britain wasn’t the first to be divided nor is it the last so to worry about a point in time you have yet to reach is futile to say the least. Now i find it hard to believe you only saw this one article so you know even if you discount my mention of death that things will indeed not go how people imagine so how can you or any person be surprised at what lays before us.


      November 28, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      • If birthrates decline while the aging population rise there’s less people to secure future pensions let alone there own.

        If birthrates rise while the aging population rise more people in both sets are inactive and thus now placing a bigger financial burden on those in the middle.

        If birthrates decline and aging population decline the middle get squeezed again as now there paying for themselves while paying back the debt there government created through poor management and abuse of pensions over the decades.

        Look at it like a spring.

        So damned if you do, damned if you dont.


        November 28, 2016 at 12:38 pm

  20. doug

    November 28, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    • Any excuse to stop someone claiming, just wait out for the day when you try an claim UC.

      news seeker

      November 28, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      • – To

        news seeker

        November 28, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      • Seen in B & M In Carr Street Ipswich [Other Stores Too] PA’s and or Coachys with clients handing out CV’s etc. Has reminicess of Read In Partnership etc. Don’t Forget Coachys and PA’s don’t work over Christmas. They will however go shopping on Boxing Day and other bank holidays to see if you are there though

        Bad Santa

        November 29, 2016 at 10:16 am

      • Reed in Partnership… with the Devil called that trudging round the shops handing out CVs “self-marketing”. “We won’t push you into any old job” lol

        RIP RiP

        November 30, 2016 at 9:43 am

      • “We won’t push you into any old job” said their leaflet 😀

        RIP RiP

        November 30, 2016 at 9:44 am

      • Reed in Partnershit… with the Devil 😀

        RIP RiP

        November 30, 2016 at 9:45 am

  21. ‘Record number’ of prison suicides in England and Wales


    Notice how government were quick to cite mental illness despite no one else saying it ?

    This idea people have to be mentally ill to take there life really should stop. Now i dont doubt there are people with such an illness that did but having enough hardly constitutes as being mentally ill. We only have to consider assisted suicide to know that.

    I also couldn’t help but laugh once again about drug testing the convicted on first going into prison. There’s absolutely no law that give government or prisons the legal right to carryout such a test without EXPRESS CONSENT. It makes no difference if your convicted or not meaning this government would have to draft one and that my people is a very slippery slope if any member of public does not react to such a suggestion let alone action.

    As it stands besides while using heavy machinery and diminished responsibility, the government has no legal jurisdiction over your insides. We have to be very careful here as already our government despite our wishes and direction have ignored us public and legally invaded our exterior life, the snooper charter as a prime example, non nonchalantly handing out our non personal data like confetti another. You see you cant under any guise legally justify doing such to prisoners without the same being equally so for a person who is not a convict. What im saying is, today its a drug test on cons,tomorrow it will be submitting a member of public to a particular treatment/test next like for instance you cant claim benefits if you dont take and pass a drugs or alcohol test (already suggested) to you cant have a job if you dont take a drug and alcohol test prior to being offered a job or a worker cant have sick pay and can be sacked if they dont go to occupational health.



    November 28, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    • Have just seen some newspaper articles about the plans to allow our browser and search histories to baeaccessed. What some people may fail to remember that when the World Wide Web [NOT THE INTERNET] came out in the 1990’s * There were rumors of click traces even them * The INTERNET has been around a lot longer than the WWW. Anybody remember the film WARGAMES. As with the computers your mobile phone leaves a signal trace too

      Northolt Boy

      November 30, 2016 at 9:53 am

  22. Thomas Raine: The Value of Article 14 ECHR: The Supreme Court and the ‘Bedroom Tax’


    I wont add to this one as its quite a bit to digest but do feel free to make comments for debate.


    November 28, 2016 at 2:45 pm

  23. Hate crime: Avoid polarising language, politicians urged


    Funny, didn’t seem that bothered when it was and still is being handed out to the unemployed be it far less now or should i say better hidden in spin. For almost 6 years now the conservatives got away with spewing hateful words to the unemployed be they ill/disabled or not and no one raised an eyebrow, even now yet when its colour there all up in arms.

    I say this as you cant hate a particular colour of a person without also hating there culture. Have you ever seen a racist hate black people yet love reggae or rice and peas ?

    The point is one does not escape the other meaning this “it must stop” equally applies to the rhetoric used on the unemployed/disabled and ill as regardless of if true or not, its still a culture, a word even those sticking it to them have used.


    November 28, 2016 at 3:06 pm

  24. UK accounting watchdog investigating Sports Direct audit


    He just does not learn does he.


    November 28, 2016 at 3:30 pm

  25. The Uk government has no depths to which it will sink.Under the “helping you find a job” title hides a nasty culture of targeting those that have been found fit for work and placed on Jobseekers allowance and other long term unemployed.

    Locally a Claimant who attends hospital regularly and suffered several strokes/heart problems walks with the aid of a stick lost all the ability to do former roles has been told to do 10 hours jobsearch and is in the process of an appeal.This shocking environment of bigotry,hypocrisy and hostility continues unending. Their playing on claimants not understanding their rights or that something like this could never happen in a government department A deception of claiming high standards that do not exist.


    November 28, 2016 at 4:08 pm

  26. superted

    November 28, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    • Very good post superted so post it on andrews new post.

      If you dont get this in time i will repost it for you sometime between 10pm tonight to 12 pm tomorrow.


      November 28, 2016 at 6:14 pm

  27. Foxglove

    Its by second hand – somone I know knows staff and they say UJM is tosst. B) contract is also said not to being renewed, c) I overheard the same thing in a office, d) others over at unemployment movement have heard the same. And finally e) its not fit for purpose and f) has massive massive security holes (the same applies to UC which says it all)

    So overall if the above is true (e and f are – via cabinet office, gchq)
    It will come to pass.


    November 28, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    • This sounds like really good news gazza, let’s hope they get rid of this shit.


      November 29, 2016 at 12:06 pm

  28. Thankyou Gazza

    Let’s hope this shit is binned off and the b*stards don’t replace it with something even worse!


    November 29, 2016 at 12:32 pm

  29. In Ipswich another cheap ”POP UP SHOP” is opening in Carr street next door to Brighthouse. 50% off everything apparently. Opens on 1st December. Don’t know how long it will be there for though. BTW. Since B&M opened the queues in Poundland in Carr Street have been smaller.


    November 30, 2016 at 9:21 am

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