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Steepest Rise in Foodbank Need for 5 Years.

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Trussell Trust reveals steepest increase in five years as it hands out 823,000 emergency food parcels in six months

More people than ever are being forced to turn to food banks, after welfare problems over the last six months have led to the steepest increase in emergency food parcel handouts in five years, according to the anti-poverty campaign the Trussell Trust.

The trust, which runs two-thirds of the UK’s food banks, said it distributed a record 823,145 food parcels between April and September, including 301,653 that went to children. This was a 23% increase on the same period last year, representing the steepest rise the charity has witnessed since its network of food banks was fully established.

The Trussell Trust press release says,

As the General Election nears, the Trussell Trust is calling for politicians of all parties to pledge to protect people from hunger by ensuring everyone has enough money for the basics. The charity reports more people than ever before are being forced to food banks, with more than 820,000 emergency food parcels given out in the past six months.

New data released today shows April to September 2019 to be the busiest half-year period for food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network since the charity opened. During the six months, 823,145 three-day emergency food parcels were given to people in crisis in the UK; more than a third of these (301,653) went to children.

This is a 23% increase on the same period in 2018 – the sharpest rate of increase the charity has seen for the past five years.

The main reasons for people needing emergency food are low benefit income (36%), and delays (18%) or changes (16%) to benefits being paid.

The new figures come just a week after the Trussell Trust released State of Hunger, the most in-depth study ever published into hunger and the drivers of food bank use in the UK. The research revealed:

  • The average weekly income of households at food banks is only £50 after paying rent
  • One in five have no money coming in at all in the month before being referred for emergency food
  • 94% of people at food banks are destitute

State of Hunger shows there are three drivers hitting people simultaneously and leaving no protection from hunger and poverty. These drivers are problems with the benefits system, ill health or challenging life experiences, and a lack of local support.

One of the key issues people at food banks face is the five week wait for a first Universal Credit payment. Although Universal Credit is not the only benefit payment people at food banks experience problems with, the majority (65%) of food bank referrals made in April – Sept 2019 due to a delay in benefits being paid in the UK were linked to Universal Credit.

At the moment, people moving onto the government’s new benefits system have to wait at least five weeks – and often longer – with no money. People can get offered an Advance Payment, but this is a loan that must be paid back, often forcing people into debt.

As the election nears, the Trussell Trust is calling for politicians on all sides to pledge to protect people from hunger by ensuring everyone has enough money for the basics.  It is asking the next government to start working towards a future where no one needs a food bank by:

  1. Ending the five week wait for Universal Credit
  2. Ensuring benefit payments cover the cost of living
  3. Investing in local emergency support for people in crisis

The Trussell Trust’s chief executive Emma Revie said:

 “More people than ever before are being forced to food banks’ doors. Our benefits system is supposed to protect us all from being swept into poverty, but currently thousands of women, men and children are not receiving sufficient protection from destitution.

 “This is not right. But we know this situation can be fixed – our benefits system could be the key to unlocking people from poverty. This General Election, all political parties must pledge to protect people from hunger by ensuring everyone has enough money for the basics. We want our next government to start working towards a future where no one needs a food bank by ending the five week wait for Universal Credit; ensuring benefit payments cover the cost of living; and investing in local emergency support for people in crisis.

“Together, these three changes will put money back into the pockets of people who most need our support. It’s in our power as a country to end the need for food banks. This can change.”

This is worth reading.

We’ve missed an important reason why people are going hungry in Britain

Inadequacy, gaps and reductions” of the benefits system are identified as one of three simultaneous factors driving hunger in the UK. The other two reasons are “challenging life experiences and ill health” and “lack of informal support”.

It’s that last reason that is the least explored. The report describes it like this:

“The vast majority of people referred to foodbanks had either exhausted support from family or friends, had a resource-poor social network or could not access support due to social isolation.”

People in Britain report feeling lonelier than ever across age groups, which is often described as a “loneliness epidemic” because of the very real health impacts. Alongside this is the reduction of public spaces where people can commune locally for free: libraries, children’s services and youth clubs have been cut, plus pub closures and the decline of town centres.

“Other support mechanisms, so let’s say being able to go to a library where you can apply for your benefits because there’s a computer there, being able to go to a local advice drop-in, or a mental health support service – all those have seen cutbacks as well,” says the Trussell Trust’s policy and research manager Abby Jitendra.

“Partly it’s because councils are the main funders and they don’t have enough money, but also partly because the national government, austerity has stripped a lot of services back, and that often means that the voluntary crisis support tends to be very, very important to people because there’s nowhere else to turn.”

The loss of traditional state and private support structures can be very isolating, as well as the informal social changes impoverished communities can bring.

“If you are on a very low income, it’s often the case that your family’s also on a very low income, that your local community doesn’t have the resources to be able to support you because it might be deprived as well,” says Jitendra. “Having debts to your family can be really damaging to your relationships, and compound loneliness and isolation – if the financial resilience of your network is also very low, you really have nowhere else to turn [other than foodbanks].”

When reporting on foodbanks, I have not only come across people desperate for support, but also desperate for company. Some come in for a cup of tea when they don’t even need a food parcel. That’s partly why many foodbanks have a sort of front-room café set-up – they’re a last resort for community support, as well as for sustenance.

Feeling hungry is “extremely isolating”, and can fracture your networks further, says Jitendra. “Human interaction completely changes when you can’t afford to even sit down and have a cup of tea with your friend because you can’t afford tea, or to turn the kettle on”.

Grahame Lucas, who has managed Worcester’s foodbank for five years after helping to found it seven years ago, finds foodbanks now provide “an outlet, a place to go” for people who have no other place to turn to.

 Thérèse Coffey is out and about doing her bit to help the poor overcome loneliness..

The popular politician  gets the Parson’s Nose of mass support.

 

Written by Andrew Coates

November 13, 2019 at 4:10 pm

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  1. UK’s first full-size ‘driverless’ bus tested in Glasgow

    A fleet of buses which drive themselves could be operating in Scotland by the end of 2020.

    Transport Secretary Michael Matheson says they will be trialled on the route between Fife and Edinburgh

    One of the autonomous vehicles was tested in Glasgow.

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    BBC

    November 13, 2019 at 4:26 pm

  2. Foodbanks are a national scandal in the UK, the 6th Richest Country on the planet Earth.
    Well done Tories !

    Tom Sutton

    November 13, 2019 at 4:27 pm

  3. The reasons why people use food banks are complex, so it’s wrong to link a rise to any one cause.

    Therese Coffey MP PhD

    November 13, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    • Yes Therese. And all the complex reasons relate to the cruel policies of your government.

      Alan Turner

      November 13, 2019 at 5:45 pm

      • A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.

        Rudyard Kipling

        The Last Castella

        November 14, 2019 at 1:10 pm

      • Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

        Herr Doctor Professor Sigmund Freud

        November 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    • After so many years in power shouldn’t the DWP have looked into and discovered the “complex” reasons for food bank usage and done something to alleviate it by now Miss Coffey?

      Doris Stopes

      November 16, 2019 at 8:40 am

  4. The government is just deliberately ignoring the hardship caused by years of austerity policies.
    And the Foodbank situation is one of the worst examples of this.
    But really they couldn’t care less. In the classic Tory view you fend for yourself in life.

    Jeff Smith

    November 13, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    • But really they couldn’t care less. In the classic Tory view you fend for yourself in life.

      It is understood benefits are the minimum of what the law says is to live on.With today’s expectation to have it all own transport,driving licences (preferred) and technical ability and have access on the go a foodbank is a great contrast.Once in that situation getting out is a mountain to face.

      Unemployment/poverty a symbol of Conservative governments’ and those caught in this are being swept aside.Simply eroding workers’ rights,increasing benefit sanctions/foodbank reliance isn’t going solve real underlying problems’The problem is pushed elsewhere sex work,crime,homelessness and health services and if someone loses their home because of this they arn’t intentionally homeless.

      Locally mcdonalds has homeless people outside,society has noticed a real decline as a result of Conservative policy.

      The Hard Core Unemployed

      November 15, 2019 at 10:23 am

  5. Andrew Coates

    November 13, 2019 at 5:38 pm

  6. I’m not going to make the obvious comment about Coffey and The Parson’s Nose. Things are on a superior level here at Ipswich Unemployed Action. But it is a disgrace that the Tories are carrying on as if there is nothing wrong in society. Or that it is nothing to do with them and their cruel policies. Go and stand outside a Foodbank if you want to see the real effects of Universal Credit.

    Ken

    November 13, 2019 at 5:39 pm

  7. With x amount being on some form of benefit the trust has to start looking more at the figures to see if the working (often irregular hours) and the min wage is having a negative effect on peoples lives which as a result is swelling the use of foodbanks.

    Doug

    November 14, 2019 at 7:28 am

    • Are you just paying yourself welfare, paying to stay in the exact same predicament.

      Wouldnt it be better for those working less than 30 hours if they could keep unemployment benefit in the form of a working tax credit even if they are single with no commitments or make housing benefit cover total housing cost while working ?

      Wouldnt it be better to model welfare on a weekly basis or fortnightly so as to model the world of agency work ?

      Doug

      November 14, 2019 at 7:36 am

      • I agree. Set a fair minimum income and then if you earn more than it you pay a certain amount of tax, based on the size of your income, and if you earn less than it or aren’t working at all whatever your income is gets topped up to the agreed minimum income level. A bit like negative income tax. Nobody could then fall below some set minimum income level.

        Yosser

        November 15, 2019 at 11:17 am

  8. Andrew Coates

    November 14, 2019 at 10:52 am

    • More Tory ruthless, cruel behaviour that has come unstuck in the High Court. Sometimes I think it’s like some kind of test run by the Tories. How nasty can we be and still get away with it ?

      Dave M.

      November 14, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      • Tam Dalyell She is a bounder, a liar, a deceiver, a cheat, a crook and a disgrace to the House of Commons,”

        We’ve been there before.

        Theres enough red flares’ here the Conservatives’ are totally unelectable.They have no hesitation in turning on MP’s who do not follow the line in their own party.That looks like a dictatorship to me.

        The Tory Faithful

        November 16, 2019 at 2:47 pm

  9. Corbyn: ‘Tory austerity impoverished millions’ not forgetting the thousands who died from their state assassins the DWP, ATOS, MAXIMUS and CAPITA psychological and financial torture.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-50407628/jeremy-corbyn-tory-austerity-impoverished-millions

    Violet

    November 14, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    • I canny say weth’ Corbyn be a braw laddie or a rogue so tay speak. I nay loike him tay be fayre.

      Wee Nicola S.

      November 14, 2019 at 4:06 pm

  10. I notice Boris Johnson isn’t visiting any foodbanks…

    Helen

    November 14, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    • He wouldn’t dare, not after all the suffering he has caused.

      Jackie

      November 15, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    • Maybe there isn’t a foodbank in Boris’s constituency 😉

      Val

      November 16, 2019 at 8:54 am

      • There’s not only no food bank where I live, since the only branch of Lloyds bank closed last year there is no conventional bank hereabouts either! And the nearest bank and cashpoint machine is miles and miles away!

        This isn’t progress as far as I am concerned.

        Titina Mendes

        November 16, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    • There are only TWO places that politicians visits, namely, schools and hospitals. They only exception to this rule was George Osborne* who was infamous for his visits to building sites looking like a complete idiot in his hard hat and high-visibility jacket.

      *George Osborne as Chancellor of the Exchequer brought in the benefit’s ‘freeze’ and introduced the ‘Help to Work’ programme part of which was the brutal CWP (Community Work Placement), 26 weeks, increased to 30 weeks of workfare.

      Ruby Tuesday

      November 16, 2019 at 9:01 am

  11. Andrew Coates

    November 14, 2019 at 5:40 pm

  12. Dae nae chance either o’ th’ sassenach parties wee Nicky. They’re baith as slippery as a haggis left oot upon th’ hillside .

    Angus McDonald

    November 14, 2019 at 5:42 pm

  13. This is exactly what is wrong with being a Conservative. It’s a form of social Darwinism, survival of the fittest.

    Alan Turner

    November 15, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    • @alan turner – Yeah, that is exactly whats wrong with it. All of this Tory stuff starts off from I’m alright Jack.

      Harry Carter

      November 15, 2019 at 3:48 pm

  14. You see how we hear nothing from Boris Johnson about the mass poverty and suffering caused by Tory austerity policies ? Or the sneaky attempts to privatise the NHS by allowing private companies to run 41% of the contracts. At the moment they have been restricted. With the NHS still run on a free basis. But once these powerful companies have majority control of the NHS….then look out. First there will be just a few smaller charges for treatment. Then more and more. Until we are in an American situation where medical care is costed and charged down to the last dollar.

    John Taylor

    November 15, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    • I wish someone would ask Boris this one question: “Under your premiership will food bank usage continue to rise exponentially year on year, as it has since 2010 over the last nine and a half years, or begin falling and be significantly lower at the end of the next parliament than it was at its beginning.”

      Bare Grills

      November 15, 2019 at 3:49 pm

  15. wot happen when labour get in like and we all got free broadband like? the jokecentre will say there is no excuse for not being on findajob 24/7 like. not like you can say i cant afford broadband out my dole money cos it will be free like.

    fibre optik

    November 16, 2019 at 12:44 am

    • It will be like the council internet you get in the library. More filters and censorship than you can shake a stick at. All Tory sites will be blocked.

      Cleanfeed

      November 16, 2019 at 12:51 am

    • 1: Free broadband would encourage increased use of user data against subjects wishes and open the flood gates to tier services that would increase internet inequity.

      2: It does not cover the cost of a device nor teach many who even now just cant get the hang of IT.

      Doug

      November 16, 2019 at 6:55 am

      • 3. FREE Broadband is contingent on Corbyn/Labour being in power for the next three (3) full Parliamentary terms.

        4. There is no such thing as a free lunch. You get nowt for owt in this life

        Yorky Pud

        November 16, 2019 at 8:33 am

      • 5. Jobcentre would issue claimants with some cheap locked down IAD (Internet Access Device) to police and monitor them.

        6. You will be paying for your ‘free’ broadband in one way or another. A Government ISP that would be a monopoly ISP like the British Telecom of old, the only ISP would serve to increase Government control and monitoring. There would be an ‘expectation’ that all citizens would be online. You would still be paying for your broadband only you have given control over to a State-controlled East German-style Stasi monopoly.

        7. This is an ill thought out bullcrap idea.

        Yorky Pud

        November 16, 2019 at 8:40 am

      • BT’s basic service has a 15gb monthly usage both phone and broadband is £10 a month.I went massivly over this and was worried about the bill I rang BT they said they didn’t charge for over limit use and when the quarterly bill arrived they didn’t.Call costs are high but a £10 maximum a month applies.

        jobecentre computers look to have improved but the reality of “life on the dole” remains for far to many people.

        BT

        November 17, 2019 at 10:58 am

      • BT don’t charge for over limit use on BT Basic? Seriously? That is good for BT Basic customers to know.
        So basically on BT Basic you have UNLIMITED usage with a phone line thrown in for less than £10 a month.
        Just as long as you don’t make too many phone calls. Even on unemployment benefits you could rustle up £2.50 a week, Makes Corbynet seem less attractive. And you never know what hidden extras/restrictions would come with Govnet. Better the devil you know 😉

        Openreach Peep

        November 17, 2019 at 12:26 pm

      • What on Earth were you doing that you exceeded 15GB? Downloading the Brexit Party manifesto?

        Nigel Farage

        November 17, 2019 at 4:52 pm

      • Marx talked about the “Dawn of FREE broadband” in ‘Das Kapital’.

        E Engels

        November 17, 2019 at 5:16 pm

      • Indeed! The thing that was truly horrifying about Stalin was his commitment to faster download speeds.

        DNS

        November 17, 2019 at 5:19 pm

      • Free broadband was a step on the road to the gulag.

        Ivan Denisovich

        November 17, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    • Will people still have to pay to have a landline connection with the accompanying line rental to use the free internet or will it be wireless and not involve line rental?

      Cheaper than Chips

      November 16, 2019 at 6:57 am

    • The tea leaves tell me that this isn’t going to happen because, under Jezza, Labour can’t have no chance of winning political power.

      Madam Doreen

      November 16, 2019 at 6:59 am

      • Maybe there will be a sudden surge of popularity for Labour ? And we will all be singing ‘ I wish it could be Corbyn every day..’

        Garry

        November 16, 2019 at 11:25 am

    • The national free internet will be filtered, censored, monitored and its users surveiled in real time. Downloads will be logged and anything naughty, e.g., pirating music or looking at porn, will be impossible. Probably it will be time-limited and only be available to individual users for a fixed number of hours per day. When it comes to the web you get what you pay for and competition between several providers keeps the prices down. If you pay nothing for your internet service lack of competition will make it antique and crap in no time. On the bright side it will help digitising welfare and rolling out monstrosities like Universal Credit and even worse things that are now bound to follow it.

      TCP/IP

      November 16, 2019 at 8:36 am

      • Exactly, it will be like Jobcentre/library internet access. You are not paying for it, stop laughing at the back, so they will take all sorts of liberties. You will only be able to access government approved websites It is a further attempt at Government control disguised as something for free. This is a bad, bad, idea,

        Yorky Pud

        November 16, 2019 at 8:47 am

      • And it is not like you can swap to another ISP. CorbyNet is the only ISP in town.

        Yorky Pud

        November 16, 2019 at 8:49 am

      • We will all be issued with Government-issued IADs. You won’t be able to login to device locally through a WORKSTATION, You will have to login via a Government DOMAIN. You will have no control over your IAD whatsoever.

        CorbyNet

        November 16, 2019 at 9:13 am

      • No porn on my internet? Well that’s a deal breaker as far as I am concerned!

        Damian Green MP

        November 16, 2019 at 1:03 pm

      • Will I be able to stream Netflix over Corbynet? And will excellent services like that also be provided free at the point of delivery?

        The Man in the Low Castle

        November 16, 2019 at 1:11 pm

      • @ Demian Green

        I second that, Demian. Without porn on the internet how will we be able to top up the “bank” on a regular basis. As for Corbynet, well, look what happened to you when that copper saw certain “images” on your PC in your office in the House of Commons! You had to resign as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions even though you had a good grip on things and although your hands were full at the time somehow managing to hold your own with Universal Credit and whatnot. Sometimes work can be stressful and a man has to relax, on his own, a man’s way.

        Onan

        November 16, 2019 at 1:27 pm

      • I’ll be China all over again where everybody can get online but the state determines what they can do there.

        阴道

        November 16, 2019 at 1:44 pm

      • You will need your biometric ID card to log on to CorbyNet

        China Girl

        November 16, 2019 at 2:14 pm

      • To be honest rather than spending countless billions closing down private schools and giving everybody free broadband I’d prefer Labour to the revamp the NHS, incorporating social care for the elderly, brought up to the highest possible standard and a properly funded and fully functioning social security system providing comprehensive cradle to grave care for all before splurging oceans of money all over the place taking assets back into public ownership left, right and centre.

        Black Currant Bun

        November 16, 2019 at 7:09 pm

  16. Tories still just running on autopilot, completely unconcerned about the real issues. Expecting to get in because Labour are not making any gains in the polls. And Jeremy Corbyn is about as popular as Captain Bligh from Mutiny On The Bounty.

    Salty Sam

    November 16, 2019 at 11:32 am

    • I’m beginning to get that Miliband feeling about all of this. But I’ve got to say that this idea that Jeremy Corbyn just stays on even if he loses, is simply unbelievable ! If Labour loses then it has got to be back to the drawing board on policy, and a new leader.

      Jack D.

      November 16, 2019 at 1:59 pm

  17. It’s amazing that the Labour MPs have not mutinied years ago, and just staged a mass walkout.

    Gunners Daughter

    November 16, 2019 at 11:35 am

  18. The Tories, Labour and the Liberal Democrats are all promising to plant trees! Hurrah!

    The Green Man

    November 16, 2019 at 1:01 pm

  19. What is the Tory plan for Foodbanks ? They seem to simply accepted them.

    Dave M.

    November 16, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    • It is a Tory dream to pass over the responsibility for social security to the kindness of strangers rather than support from the state. Things will only get better if the public become far more concerned about food poverty in particular and growing poverty in general and start to turn against the Tories in big enough numbers. The Conservatives don’t give a sh1t about the poor and would be happy to see them starve and freeze to death provided they could get enough votes in elections to give them enough Tory MPs to keep them in power. How could anybody who had a heart stand by while British children are falling into poverty in their droves? They don’t. When Heidi Allen MP was questioning Therese Coffey during a meeting of the Work and Pensions Committee she said that it was like talking to a wall and that Coffey was completely unmoved by the plight of the poor, supported the benefits freeze and refused to say that it wouldn’t reoccur, and maintained the Universal Credit was getting people into jobs quicker, keeping them in work longer, and helping them to get out of poverty even though the Advertising Standards Authority slammed the very same thing appearing in fake ads in the Metro, Metro Online and Daily Mail Online as misleading based on next to no reputable data or statistical evidence to support such claims.

      The people about to govern us for year and years are cold hearted swine.

      Punter on the Cam

      November 18, 2019 at 3:59 pm

  20. What about work ? Are Labour still going to make people do it ?

    Dave Blunt

    November 16, 2019 at 2:02 pm

  21. @Black Currant Bun, That’s very true, lets deal with the essentials first: The NHS, Social Security, getting rid of Universal Credit, the Work Capability Assessment and the cruel disability benefits system. Deal with foodbanks and homelessness.

    Russian Slice

    November 16, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    • It is obvious from your comment that you are on disablity benefits Russian Slice but just throw in a few words about homelessness and foodbanks to obfuscate things. As if you give tuppence about You want an easier ride under Labour, don’t you. The workers don’t give tuppence either about your very, very generous disability benefits that you pay for. And neither do Labour who introduced the WCA. Not with evil intent but to cut down on the fraud which had been going on years. Why does no one ever state how much they receive on disability benefits? Stepping, this is going out to you. We all know why, because they are a damn site more than unemployed benefits.

      Labour are party of the workers, and they want to be seen as such. Hence FREE broadband. But what is should be is UNLIMITED data allowance on our smartphones. Only old fogies use broadband expect for maybe streaming. Come on Labour give us FREE UNLIMITED data on our smartphones and you will have a vote winner.

      Janice

      November 17, 2019 at 10:02 am

    • It is obvious from your comment that you are on disablity benefits Russian Slice but just throw in a few words about homelessness and foodbanks to obfuscate things. As if you give tuppence about the homeless and foodbanks, You want an easier ride under Labour, don’t you? The workers don’t give tuppence either about your very, very generous disability benefits that we pay for. And neither do Labour who introduced the WCA. Not with evil intent but to cut down on the fraud which had been going on years. Why does no one ever state how much they receive on disability benefits? Stepping, this is going out to you. We all know why, because they are a damn site more than unemployment benefits.

      Labour are the party of the workers, and they want to be seen as such. Hence FREE broadband. But what it should be is UNLIMITED data allowance on our smartphones. Only old fogies use broadband expect for maybe streaming. Come on Labour give us FREE UNLIMITED data on our smartphones and you will have a vote winner.

      Janice

      November 17, 2019 at 10:04 am

    • @Russian Slice – That’s right ! It’s the essentials that need to be sorted first by Labour. Like Universal Credit. Not going on about free internet.

      Hilary

      November 17, 2019 at 12:19 pm

  22. Andrew Coates

    November 17, 2019 at 11:10 am

    • With the lowest unemployment in over forty years, more people in work than ever before, and the economy still growing anaemically if work really is the best way out of poverty, with so record numbers of people now in paid work, why has food bank use never fallen, never stalled, never plateaued, but only ever risen hand over fist exponentially since 2010? There are only really three explanations:

      (1) Work is not always a way out of poverty let alone the “best way” out of poverty.

      (2) Large growing groups of citizens are falling deeper and deeper into poverty, year on year.

      (3) A mixture of (1) and (2) above.

      Continually escalating food bank usage demolishes the Tory “work is the best way out of poverty” mantra. If the mantra was true food bank usage should have fallen like a stone as employment rose to record levels. (Supposedly.) Yet if you look at the statistics even if every single person bereft of gainful employment secured paid work millions, yes, literally millions of citizens, would STILL be condemned to live day to day in grinding poverty accompanied by well known social evils such as food poverty and homelessness.

      This is a disgraceful state of affairs created and maintained by an oblivious and complacent government.

      When did any government since the second world war freeze benefits for four successive years?

      Or launch an abortion of a social policy like Universal Credit?

      Jim

      November 17, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      • There may well be ‘jobs’ if you count pizza delivery as a job, but there is certainly a dearth of decent. proper, secure well-paid jobs. Jobs with holidays, pensions, sick pay and other benefits. Jobs that allow you to take on a mortgage, plan ahead for the future. You won’t find these jobs in the ‘gig economy’.

        Shirley Nott

        November 17, 2019 at 12:47 pm

      • Jiim asked: “When did any government since the second world war freeze benefits for four successive years?

        Jim also asked: “Or launch an abortion of a social policy like Universal Credit?”

        We will get back to you on those questions, Jim. No ifs or buts. Do or Die

        Boris Johnson's Office

        November 17, 2019 at 12:53 pm

      • They’ve painted a picture of benefits to health,making work pay and trying to play down other factors such as disability and age.However work has to cover everyday living expences at minimum and older unemployed in particular need more prescriptions,eye care,dental work as they age,as mentioned above BT Basic is only available to those on Universal Credit with zero income so these costs have to be factored in.The cost of living not cookoo land politics.

        Blue is the new red

        November 18, 2019 at 3:04 pm

  23. This lot are still around:

    Andrew Coates

    November 17, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    • Farage is a right-wing died-in-the-wool Thatcherite ex-Conservative, because the Tories weren’t extreme enough for his taste. I remember reading in the UKIP manifesto how Nigel planned to force the unemployed to “earn” their meagre benefits by building social and private housing, labouring and part-time workers having to join in the slavery in spare time at the weekends and evenings. The document was replete with all sorts of unthinkable evils. The bloke is an arse of the first order and how sad it is to see dross like him having influence over our population that is completely unmerited. It’s almost worth getting Brexit done just to be rid of the sh1tbag.

      Jim

      November 17, 2019 at 3:46 pm

      • And although Nigel doesn’t personally believe in the death penalty he believes that the people should be allowed to decide by way of a Referendum. Nigel didn’t say if he would accept the result though.

        Uliqha

        November 17, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    • Richard Tice is a shouty idiot who seem to think that the loudest voice is always right. Another wealthy dud who, at least, will never be an MP thank the Lord.

      Val

      November 18, 2019 at 11:34 am

  24. Conservatives on 17 % lead in polls. Despite all they have done. Unbelievable really.

    Harry Carter

    November 17, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    • All hail Jeremy Corbyn!

      Nero

      November 18, 2019 at 9:18 am

    • Things are not looking promising people.

      http://ukpollingreport.co.uk

      Looks like we’re in for four or five years of extreme right-wing government under Boris Johnson, at the end of which the country will be much changed. By that time Universal Credit will have embedded itself so deeply, like the Bedroom Tax, that it will have become the new normal and effectively irreversible. (Christ knows how many people will find themselves being referred to food banks five years down the line if the current trend continues!) I really hope that whenever the general election after the coming one is held that Jeremy Corbyn will be tending his allotment and nice but conspicuously thick and obviously incapable people like Angela Rayner and Diane Abbott still waiting to become ministers of state under the new Labour leader’s patronage.

      Assuming that there is still a Labour party left at all.

      Dark days are ahead folks.

      Jeremiah

      November 18, 2019 at 9:40 am

  25. So we have learnt two things this weekend:

    1. The Prime Minister didn’t do it

    2. Prince Andrew didn’t do it either

    Jack Sprat

    November 17, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    • When did BoJo ever refuse a free shag with a blonde? Or Prince Andrew either? Dirty b@stards!

      Rower

      November 18, 2019 at 2:48 pm

  26. ot if you are on uc then check ur on line account as they seem to be changing the cc and not telling ppl so after 7 days the claim will be closed down as overheard 2 ppl that this has happens 2 and the coaches said they never changed it and it was how the system worked.

    anyone with access can change the cc so you best check it weekly or you might find ur claim shut down with no notice at all.

    superted

    November 18, 2019 at 10:46 am

    • thanks for the heads up, ted 😉

      uc victim

      November 18, 2019 at 11:59 am

    • uc victim

      If you are able then perhaps you should check it every day. Here is something I found on whatdotheyknow, whic may be of interest to you.

      Text sent to claimants to notify a new todo item/journal entry
      https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/text_sent_to_claimants_to_notify#incoming-1467503

      jj joop

      November 18, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    • Whenever I’ve had my CC changed I’ve always got a SMS message sent to my phone advising me to look at my UC account. I suppose if you don’t or can’t use a phone you’ll get an email. If you haven’t got a phone or can’t check your email you’re stuffed! That said I always thought that what appears on your CC is supposed to be the result of a “negotiation” between you and your Work Coach and that a CC is not supposed to be changed behind you back without consultation and so I’m not sure what’s going on with the folk this happened to.

      XBo Chinese

      November 18, 2019 at 5:32 pm

      • from what i could here they got no sms or email it was just changed not accepted and the claim closed down.

        a work coach can really screw you over with this esp if you are not told about it or if they put something on it that you dont like and want it changed ect.

        superted

        November 18, 2019 at 6:07 pm

  27. TETELESTAI! A PARLIAMENT RULED BY THE EVIL TRINITY OF BORIS JOHNSON, DOMINIC RAAB AND PRITTI PATEL! THIS IS THE END OF LIFE AS WE KNOW IT! RAGNARÖK IS UPON US! IT IS THE TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS!

    The Herniad Soothsayer

    November 18, 2019 at 3:45 pm

  28. Man drops dead in Job Centre queue after being declared fit to work Richard Hartley-ParkinsonMonday 18 Nov 2019 10:21 am

    A man collapsed while waiting for an appointment in a job centre in south Wales.

    The man, 65, was found slumped in his chair at 9.30am on Friday in Llanelli. He was waiting for an appointment to discuss Jobseeker’s Allowance after being declared fit for work earlier this year.

    Staff and customers rushed to help the man but they were unable to get a response so lay him on the floor.

    They started CPR and an ambulance was called while the job centre was evacuated, but paramedics declared him dead at the scene.

    A witness said: ‘I didn’t know him myself, but the man who was sat next to me told me that he had grown up with the guy. MORE: UK

    Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/18/man-drops-dead-job-centre-queue-declared-fit-work-11174319/?fbclid=IwAR0xX3pv05CWP2jMtA9tQKmUVDFiHUMgZCQa6nTkVwjA0UMW8hdrxRsG48w?ito=cbshare

    Andrew Coates

    November 18, 2019 at 4:21 pm


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