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Food Banks and Benefits.

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Up till the new millenium it was rare – I had never even heard of them – to see Foodbanks in the UK. There were a few night-time soup kitchens in London, famously one run by the Salvation Army near the Embankment Tube station. They were for the homeless, a small number of people, often called “tramps” and “down and outs”.

These were times when you could still get a bath (left over from the time that not everybody had proper washing facilities at home) in a municipal facility (there was one in Ipswich round the corner, still here not that long ago). When the heating on our flat in Kentish Town broke down and working not far away, I used one, near to a hostel for the homeless in Holborn. In the same place, development on what is the Oasis Swimming Pool there, 1983 “Skeletons were found in the workhouse earth basements of the former workhouse inmates, which stopped work for a while”.

There is still a soup kitchen in the area by the Thames, Soup Runs.” St James’s Spanish Place: Operates Tuesday and Friday evenings at Lincoln Inn Fields and Embankment, Central London.”

So how have we got used to Food Banks?

Food banks developed in America where there is no real social security system, and those at the end of their tether are forced to rely on he good will and grace of others – Charity. Instead of rights you get dependence on the minimum needed to survive.

It is not accident that it was during the Regan years, when those who claim to believe that “god helps those who help themselves” grew, “According to a comprehensive government survey completed in 2002, over 90% of food banks were established in the US after 1981.” After initial criticism, “in the decades that followed, food banks have become an accepted part of America’s response to hunger.”

Something similar has happened here with those who would do away with social security and replace it with private insurance if they good in charge of the government since the 1980s, and New Labour unwilling to put benefit payments at a decent level, or to reform the punitive sanction system.

Foodbanks were rarely seen in the UK in the second half of the twentieth century, their use has started to grow, especially in the 2000s, and have since dramatically expanded. The increase in the dependency on food banks has been blamed  on the 2008 recession and the Conservative government’s austerity policies. These policies included cuts to the welfare state and caps on the total amount of welfare support that a family can claim. The OECD found that people answering yes to the question ‘Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?’ decreased from 9.8% in 2007 to 8.1% in 2012, leading some to say that the rise was due to both more awareness of food banks, and Jobcentres referring people to food banks when they were hungry.

Now, with Boris Johnson is charge, a man generously described as a “fabricator and a cheat” whose office as Prime Minister is a “triumph of political lying” (The Assault on Truth. Peter Osborne. 2021), Foodbanks are treated as essential institutuons.

Which they are. As the Trussell Trust has pointed out,

“The rapid growth in the number of charitable food banks had particularly captured public attention, as had the quantity of emergency food parcels they were distributing. Food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network distributed 61,000 emergency food parcels in2010/11, rising to 2.5 million in 2020/21.”

“Rather than acting as a service to ensure people do not face destitution, the evidence suggests that for people on the very lowest incomes … the poor functioning of universal credit can actually push people into a tide of bills, debts and, ultimately, lead them to a food bank. People are falling through the cracks in a system not made to hold them. What little support available is primarily offered by the third sector, whose work is laudable, but cannot be a substitute for a real, nationwide safety net.”

“According to an all-party parliamentary report released in December 2014, key reasons for the increased demand for UK foodbanks are delays in paying benefits, welfare sanctions, and the recent reversal of the post-WWII trend for poor people’s incomes to rise above or in line with increased costs for housing, utility bills and food.”

A strategy for zero hunger in England ,Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the United Kingdom

Just to underline the point and bring it up to date.,

The Trust also says,

It’s time for change – and that will only be possible as we raise our voices together to call for an end to the need for food banks.

We need your help. We’re calling on government at all levels to commit to ending the need for food banks and developing a plan to do so, and we need you to get involved.

Here is what is happening.

A couple of days ago the BBC ran this story.

Food banks struggle for donations as demand rises

A food bank said it is running low on donations as demand is rising due to the pandemic and people’s financial worries.

Worcester food bank said it gave food parcels to 987 people in September, a rise of 46% on the same month in 2020.

Goff O’Dowd, from the charity, said they were running short on 40 items including pasta and tinned fruit.

He said some people were desperate for help with not enough money to pay their energy bills.

The charity estimates they need 50 tonnes of food to get through until Christmas and are currently receiving about eight tonnes a month.

Written by Andrew Coates

October 12, 2021 at 11:11 am

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  1. The Tory Party think food banks are a myth & are set up just to get back at the Tories. Also the problems on Universal Credit are a myth. The Tories are very in touch with what’s going on.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 12, 2021 at 11:45 am

  2. There are also a number of independent foodbanks not connected to Trussell. The one in my town is one of the largest in the north, with referrals and food parcels increasing year on year, we’ve had to expand into a larger warehouse and hire a forklift. The first time I encountered a “foodbank” and heard the word was whilst doing a New Deal Work Placement at a Community Centre on a poverty stricken housing estate in Bradford in the late 90s. This “foodbank” consisted of a cupboard with a couple of tins on the shelves, just in case anyone on the estate got their Benefits Sanctioned. That Community Centre provided a lifeline for people on that rundown estate, with internet access for jobsearch, a free telephone, pool, table tennis, a kitchen, dj and kickboxing workshops run by an ex-Marine sergeant, and football matches between the local kids to help integration between indigenous Brits and eastern European children and families. The Community Centre had its funding cut during Tory Austerity and was eventually shutdown.

    trev

    October 12, 2021 at 12:50 pm

  3. Half-term, hardship and heartbreak: one month in the life of a food-bank manager

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/nov/10/half-term-hardship-and-heartbreak-one-month-in-the-life-of-a-food-bank-manager

    The Guardian view on food banks: put them out of business

    Editorial

    This article is more than 10 months old

    The pandemic has opened our eyes to the predicament of the poor. The government should not need to be shamed into looking after them better

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/10/the-guardian-view-on-food-banks-put-them-out-of-business

    trev

    October 12, 2021 at 12:58 pm

  4. Sink Estates – Sink Food Banks Now the middle classes can get involved making food banks trendy not to lower their class.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 12, 2021 at 12:59 pm

  5. FareShare also do more than their fair share…

    Our History

    FareShare is the UK’s longest running food redistribution charity. We were born out of the belief that no good food should go to waste, especially when people are going hungry. This belief is as central to our work now as it was 25 years ago.

    (continues)

    https://fareshare.org.uk/what-we-do/our-history/

    trev

    October 12, 2021 at 1:28 pm

  6. How long will it be before food banks reach their limits and have to start turning people away?

    Stephen

    October 12, 2021 at 1:36 pm

  7. To sanction or not to sanction?

    Claimant Compliance & Work and Health Programme

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/claimant_compliance_work_and_hea#incoming-1895241

    jj joop

    October 12, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    • providers cant raise sanction doubts unless there contracts are signed it also means it becomes mandatory you attend or else.

      all the provider can do is mandate you to attend induction on said time and date they can not mandate you sign anything.

      superted

      October 12, 2021 at 1:48 pm

      • @superted: I agree with Jeff, it’s not fair that they can’t make you sign. But they still think they can sanction you for it.

        George M

        October 12, 2021 at 2:33 pm

      • Yet I been message by reed in partnership whether I want to work for them a be an advisor

        I would not be a good advisor for them. as I will tell the customers you don’t have to sign the paperwork only you have to attend the induction

        one_more_name

        October 15, 2021 at 2:43 pm

  8. It’s a national disgrace that foodbanks exist at all in the UK at all, one of the richest countries in the world. But the fact that that they do exist, is symbolic of just how far we as a nation have come, down the road of deliberate austerity. And how far the Conservative right-wing has captured the political consensus. In a decade, foodbanks have gone from unthinkable to reluctantly accepted.

    Jeff Smith

    October 12, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    • As Trussell say, buying your own food has a kind of dignity to it that only the existence of Food Banks makes you realise exist. Plus you have a fair amount of choice, which I imagine Food Banks do not have. You could spend your money on ice-ceam, doughnuts and Nutella if you wanted.

      Andrew Coates

      October 12, 2021 at 2:34 pm

      • And some on the political right-wing, would like to see Welfare Cards brought in. Pre-charged cards that can only be spent on food ‘essentials’, and not alcohol, chocolates, or tobacco etc.

        Jeff Smith

        October 12, 2021 at 6:55 pm

      • Leeds MP Alec Shelbrooke has been banging on about that for years, though he looks like he might benefit from eating a bit less himself, he has been trying for a long time to have State Benefits paid in the form of a credit card to buy food because he’s convinced himself that all unemployed people spend their Benefits on drugs, booze and gambling for some bizarre and incredibly reactionary reason best known to himself. Mr. Shelbrooke is a very nasty piece of work indeed.

        trev

        October 12, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    • Foodbanks are the symptom of a failed State.

      trev

      October 12, 2021 at 2:47 pm

  9. The Tories think that the only people using food banks are spending their money on drink, drugs, gambling & fags. That is why people use food banks. So you are insulting your own Tory voters Tories !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 12, 2021 at 2:39 pm

  10. Go back being a footballer Marcus Rashford, go back being disabled disabled people, go back to the work coach you unemployed talking about you know best about food banks & the cause of food banks. Leave that to the politicians in power.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 12, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    • It is the policies of the successive politicians that have been in power over the last 40 years that have lead to the widespread use of foodbanks in our society today, whilst the richest people in society have been enabled to garner evermore wealth and to launder said wealth by quasi-legal means through property deals and to hoard in offshore accounts where Taxes may be avoided , so that there is none for anyone else. The trickle-down economy is a myth.

      https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-cf5f043fea2e7e7d80bb39fdaf7f6fbb

      .

      trev

      October 12, 2021 at 4:42 pm

  11. More than 2,400 families in Suffolk who are struggling to feed their children could be taking advantage of Healthy Start vouchers.

    Those hit by the Universal Credit cut are being urged to take up the vouchers, giving them £4.25 per week to buy fresh fruit, vegetables and formula milk.

    In January only 47% of eligible families in the county were claiming the vouchers, and by July that figure had risen to 56% but it means more than 2,400 households are still missing out on the benefit.

    Andrew Coates

    October 12, 2021 at 4:28 pm

  12. trev

    October 12, 2021 at 4:58 pm

  13. Johnson would be far better described not as The Prime Minister, but as ‘The Prime Minister’, just to show he’s being ironic.

    Jeff Smith

    October 12, 2021 at 7:01 pm

  14. I’ve got a low-priced fixed rate electricity deal with E.On Next at the moment which ends at Christmas. I’ve been checking out a few electricity suppliers directly (comparison sites not working these days) to see if I could find a replacement fixed rate deal when the time comes and was shocked to see how much electricity has gone up. The hike is massive and some of the penalties imposed by suppliers savage too, e.g., EDF charge customers a £100 penalty if you leave them for another company for two years! What I’ve been seeing is gob smacking, especially if next April the energy cap gets raised again. People really are not going to be able to manage because even if you cut back on food etc., you still can’t make savings enough to compensate for increases in food and energy etc. It simply isn’t possible. After a massive financial crash in 2018, followed by a global pandemic in 2020, followed by whacking increases in the cost of living from the end of 2021 onward where’s this going to end? Never seen anything like this in my lifetime and I’m 65 next January! Really, really scary times ahead for a UK without much clout outside of the EU, led by a clueless prime minister and incompetent paralysed government who I hope, one day, to see held accountable for what is coming down the tracks.

    Stephen

    October 13, 2021 at 10:11 am

    • And Covid isn’t even over yet.

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51768274

      trev

      October 13, 2021 at 10:26 am

      • Yep. Covid and influenza look set to return in full force this winter when the colder weather drives people indoors. I really hope that people will take sensible precautions like maintaining social distancing and mask wearing which, where I live at least, seems to be going out of the window big time. (Go to any shop or supermarket now and rarely see anyone wearing a mask any more.) As I won’t be able to afford electricity on any of the new fixed tariffs on offer I’ll have to let the one I’m on expire, get rolled over onto the default standard capped rate, and hope that next April the cap doesn’t get whacked up so high as to to make power unaffordable. I’m as sure as I can be that there won’t be help or additional assistance offered to people on low (or no) incomes and the poor will end up holding the shitty end of the stick as usual. Bad times indeed.

        Stephen

        October 13, 2021 at 2:37 pm

      • It’s the same in my area Stephen, hardly anyone wearing masks or safe social distancing, and Covid is rife here.

        trev

        October 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm

  15. Judith Cummins MP: ‘Government in chaos and country teetering on brink of crisis’

    https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/19642832.judith-cummins-mp-government-chaos-country-teetering-brink-crisis/

    trev

    October 13, 2021 at 12:48 pm

  16. The Green Agenda and the plan to collapse the industrial world economy (Great Reset)

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/green-agenda-how-energy-crisis-different-all-others/5758413

    Cloverleaf

    October 13, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    • Well if that means there’ll be plenty of Green jobs for everyone fair enough, I’d rather plant trees for a living or drag rubbish from rivers or litter-pick the beach than work inside a factory or “fast paced” warehouse/production line.

      trev

      October 13, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    • The Green Agenda coupled with nuclear generation are the ONLY possible future, long term, for humanity because fossil fuels are going to run out in less than 70 years anyway and quite possibly sooner.

      https://mahb.stanford.edu/library-item/fossil-fuels-run/#:~:text=Oil%20will%20end%20by%202052%20–%2030%20years,oil%20reserves%20left%20at%20current%20rate%20of%20consumption.

      Better to make a planned and managed transition as soon as possible before more damage gets inflicted on the planet and its denizens and the changes needed cost many times more to make than they do currently. Whichever way you look at it green and nuclear technology is going to be forced upon us whether we like it or not and there is nothing that we can do about it.

      Stephen

      October 13, 2021 at 2:24 pm

      • @ Cloverleaf

        I would believe academically excellent Stanford over cut and paste opinions made by laypersons on Quora any day. You sound like a couple of lovely Jehova’s Witnesses who visited me the other day and tried to persuade me that man and the dinosaurs were contemporaries and that creationism guaranteed that every living thing was created in one go and that the Darwin and the theory of evolution was nonsense despite all the evidence, including genetic biological evidence, supported it wholeheartedly. But your post made me chuckle which is no bad thing so thanks for that .

        Stephen

        October 13, 2021 at 5:18 pm

  17. The green agenda is about replacing coal, gas and petrol with wind and solar power I doubt very much if there will be any green jobs going. It’s all about the UN’s Agenda 30 sustainable development goals to rid the world of greenhouse gas emissions and they will introduce a carbon tax for everyone. If they think you are using too much energy you will have your gas and electricity switched off off via the smart metre which they are insisting everybody has.

    Cloverleaf

    October 13, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    • half of the uk power stations run on gas wind and solar power is like 25% at best yet china is building coal power stations every week.

      so we still need to burn the dinosaurs to charge the battery’s in all these new cars that they want us to buy at 100k each.

      and put it this way you wont be replacing the batts in these things so like apple new car time.

      on bosch ebikes they use a can bus system to talk to the motor controller and the bms inside the batt, if you cut the power to the bms it bricks the bms so you cant recell the pack and done on purpose so only option is a new bosch batt at 700 fkn quid. yet a recell would be 200 quid for the cells.

      superted

      October 13, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    • All I’m saying is I’ve done lots of Conservation work in the past but it’s always been voluntary unpaid for some charity or other and it would be nice if you could get paid a living for doing things like that. The only ‘Green’ jobs in my area are at the Council recycling plant, but working through an agency, stood at a conveyor belt all day hand sorting recyclables from shitty nappies, needles, rats and dead dogs, long hours too, 7.00am – 5.00pm.

      trev

      October 13, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    • Too silly, too too silly. The next thing you’ll be saying is that coronavirus vaccination was more dangerous than taking your chances and letting nature take its course, that the moon landings were faked, and the late Duke of Edinburgh was a blood drinking lizard alien from a parallel universe masquerading as a human being in order to enslave mankind.

      Stephen

      October 13, 2021 at 5:24 pm

  18. Christmas could not be saved neither Boris Johnson’s job. The Tories new leader is Nadine Dorris & all her celebrity mates. There will need to be a General Election as well. Not Another One !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 13, 2021 at 3:15 pm

  19. To all those reactionary types out there (including the OAP who lives at the bottom of my road, stupid old git) who thinks that the long-term unemployed should be made to pick fruit and veg, allow me to explain…

    First of all I haven’t seen any employers or agencies advertising the availability of such work, certainly not on the normal online job boards.

    Secondly, that type of work exists in certain areas in certain parts of the country usually nowhere near where the majority of us live. It would not be feasible for me to up-sticks and travel to Norfolk, Lincolnshire or Kent to pick fruit and veg. I don’t have any transport or spare money. Where would I stay? Who would continue to pay the rent, Council tax and utility bills on my existing accommodation and who would look after my cats?

    Finally, if anyone does find such work being advertised (and I’m sure it is) then I can guarantee you that they will not want to hire workers with bad backs and dodgy knees aged in their 50s and 60s. They will understandably want young, fit and healthy workers most likely aged in their 20s and 30s.

    trev

    October 13, 2021 at 6:04 pm

  20. superted

    October 13, 2021 at 7:26 pm

  21. One app to rule them all.

    Cloverleaf

    October 14, 2021 at 3:04 pm

      • Therese Coffey #PlanforJobs #VentilationIsVital Retweeted
        The Brudenell Hotel
        @BrudenellHotel
        ·
        Oct 13
        Dog face Now that October is here, dogs are welcome to roam the main stretch of Aldeburgh beach, why not make a pit stop on our terrace and make use of our Bark Bar just inside our beach side entrance?

        Andrew Coates

        October 14, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    • If you have nothing to lose, you have nothing to hide

      I would say lock anyone up refusing to use this app but trev or jeff already used that one for people refusing the jab. Im only saying this purely as a prime example of how governments and businesses alike soft soak a person in one avenue knowing full well its agenda is for another/others.
      Each move made is integral yet sold as intrinsical. This naturally provides non consensual consensus for governments/businesses to proceed what with being in a corner unable to repudiate when they utter “well that’s not what you said about blar blar”.
      You could argue you never knew its wasn’t intrinsical but they will only say i never said it was.

      Covid provided the a good melting pot, better than 911 ever could to get around that irksome issue of peoples freedoms and rights. Like the GP/NHS record and organ ploy they have successfully flipped it on you.

      Yes there will be online alternatives for the PC while it still exists but we all know the vast majority will just soak it up while brandishing those that dont worthy of ostracisation.

      Ever wonder why Wales insists on covid passports for nightclubs when 71% of its 3,247,165 is already fully vaccinated and a further 5.4% of the total population already having had 1 dose while leading to the second.
      670,556 of the population is over the age of retirement (67) and lets face it when we talk clubbing we are hardly likely to see the age group 40 to 90 plus (1,749,127) frequenting them.so with 622,743 0 to 17 this leaves 850,825.
      So if we remove 40 to 90 plus from the fully vaccinated count that leaves 483,840. If we include 1st does then its 655,110 who are under the age of 40 and vaccinated to at least 1st dose.
      This means around 76% of those under 40 but no younger than 18 are vaccinated This in turn means Wales is going through this for 24% (195,715% of people who we dont know would attend a nightclub so it could be far less.
      And if that wasn’t strange enough lets not forget being fully vaccinated does not mean the person cant be carrying full blown covid.
      So what happens if it transpires a vaccinated person caused an outbreak from a club, could the authorities tell and are they monitoring this. What happens if we get one vaccinated person and one unvaccinated person causing it. Your what, punish the unvaccinated while telling the vaccinated you tried, its not your fault.

      Everything comes with a cost so be sure you know what that cost is.

      Doug

      October 15, 2021 at 10:43 am

      • Doug, I’m not sure what App you’re referring to but I haven’t used any App, my phone is too old to install new Apps.

        trev

        October 15, 2021 at 2:20 pm

      • I’ve just finished booking an appointment for a Covid booster jab, but I didn’t use any App, I used the NHS online booking service, the link to which was emailed to me by the manager of the foodbank where I work.

        trev

        October 15, 2021 at 2:29 pm

      • Trev

        I wasn’t referring to you using an app but a view you or jeff shared regarding how to treat people who are unvaccinated. Everyone is entitled to a view, i dont stone you or jeff for that ever regardless of whether i agree or not.
        What that circumstance among others did however was provide a typical example of how we so easily walk a path that later develops into something else we never lent our support to but will be construed that we did by way of likeness and comparison.

        Are you aware for instance that landline providers are as soon as is possible going to do away with the landline, that these lines will be used purely for internet transmission. We are moving alarmingly towards total utter online life for all our needs rendering the need for face to face or verbal over a phone useless but for the smallest of needs like physical labour for example.
        The internet is whats becoming realtime while your life becomes a wait for reply.

        Doug

        October 16, 2021 at 9:40 am

  22. Reed in Partnership Restart scheme Privacy Notice

    Your rights over your information
    by DWP is collected under the grounds of legitimate
    By law, you can ask us what information we hold about you,
    interests, as without this information, RinP would be unable
    and you can ask us to correct it if it is inaccurate. Under
    to provide you with the service and support you require in
    certain circumstances you have the right to request that we
    order to partake in the programme.
    either delete or restrict the processing of your personal data
    or can request the transfer of your personal data.
    In order to provide you with addition support, we may also
    ask your consent to share your personal data with a network
    To submit a request by email or post please use the contact
    of organisations. The consent form will provide you with the
    information provided above.
    ability to control the personal data you are prepared to share
    as well as the organisations you are prepared to share it
    Your right to complain
    with. You are able to withdraw your consent at any time.
    If you have a complaint about our use of your information,
    you can contact the Information Commissioner’s

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/reed_in_partnership_restart_sche#incoming-1897031

    superted

    October 14, 2021 at 3:49 pm

  23. Boris is too busy having his next baby. That’s the only exercise Boris gets.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 14, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    • What Do They Know FOI

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 14, 2021 at 4:58 pm

      • Freedom Of Information.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 14, 2021 at 4:58 pm

      • Boris there’s no need to get a lawyer on that one.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 14, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    • Humping!

      Cloverleaf

      October 14, 2021 at 5:25 pm

  24. The Tory Eton Crew will be please there as so many pig heads going with the farmers cull of the pigs. So no shortage of pigs heads for the Eton Party Party Crew with David Cameron.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 14, 2021 at 5:04 pm

  25. Once Nadine Dorris takes over from Boris Johnson as Prime Minister she can offer the cabinet past & present the opportunity to go on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. Nadine knows the producers personally & can get you on the show. Michael Gove can revive his political career if he went on the show. Since Michael Gove is finding it hard to even get on the Andrew Marr Show Nadine Dorris can fix it for you with all her celebrity mates. David Cameron would like to go on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Dorris but he’s too busy being Banksy.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 14, 2021 at 5:24 pm

  26. Disabled woman to take DWP to court over ‘immoral’ automatic benefit deductions

    A disabled woman is to challenge the Department for Work and Pensions in court over what she calls its “immoral” policy of allowing landlords and utilities companies to automatically make deductions from monthly benefits payments without the claimant’s consent.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/14/disabled-woman-dwp-court-automatic-benefit-deductions

    superted

    October 15, 2021 at 3:40 pm

  27. DWP involved in new plans to make it easier for benefits claimants to access services online

    https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/money/new-one-stop-government-services-25224782

    superted

    October 15, 2021 at 3:41 pm

  28. superted

    October 15, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    • DWP involved in new plans to make it easier for benefits claimants to access services online
      There are 191 different ways for people to set up a variety of accounts for services on GOV.UK..

      There are currently 191 different ways for people to set up a variety of accounts to access different services on GOV.UK, with 44 different sign-in methods and it is hoped offering simplified access will make using the GOV.UK website much quicker and more convenient.

      .

      Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Steve Barclay, said: “Now more than ever, it is important that the [UK] Government responds to people’s heightened expectations about the services they use.

      “People rightly expect the [UK] Government to be data driven and digitally literate, and this will be a priority for me in my new role.”

      He continued: “As part of the development of the app, the Government Digital Service (GDS) is working across all government departments to make sure as many services as possible can be utilised.”

      The app is being developed with data security at its heart, with data protection principles in place to make sure users remain in control of their data.

      https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/money/new-one-stop-government-services-25224782

      Andrew Coates

      October 15, 2021 at 4:26 pm

      • The only way to guarantee data security is air gap (systems not connected to internet). Its a fallacy to pretend online security means assurances when its the weakest link.
        Governments security over your data is far less secure than it ever was. You cant remotely break into a government building to break into a filing cabinet or PC with no internet connection and the inability to allow data devices to be attached.
        Tell me, do you ever remember the press constantly reporting government building break ins where vast amounts of public data was taken prior to the internet ?

        Governance and its services should never be online.

        Doug

        October 16, 2021 at 9:57 am

  29. 14 October 2021
    Spending review: how does the costs crisis hit you?
    As many PCS members are facing a quadruple costs crisis of cuts in pay, pensions and Universal Credit combined with the soaring cost of living, we want you tell us and your MP how you are being affected.
    On 27 October, the government announces its comprehensive spending review, which will determine departmental budgets for the next few years. It will signal whether the country is to suffer further years of austerity and under-investment in our essential public services and public sector pay, or whether the government will deliver on prime minister Boris Johnson’s commitment to build back better and fairer.

    We want you to tell us and your MP how you are affected by:

    Having your pay frozen
    Overpaying for your pensions
    The cut to Universal Credit that thousands of members rely on
    The spiralling cost of living, including rising inflation, the energy price hike and planned increase in National Insurance.
    Email editor@pcs.org.uk and lobby your MP on these issues to tell them the harsh reality of living through the costs crisis and explain why you deserve a pay rise. And please tell us what your member of parliament says in reply.

    PCS members will have an average real-terms pay cut of at least 5.25% in the coming year. This breaks down as a 2% pension overpayment, 1.25% National Insurance increase and 2% inflation. We are campaigning for a 10% cost of living pay rise, to seriously recognise the role played by our members throughout this pandemic.

    superted

    October 15, 2021 at 4:25 pm

  30. The Conservatives don’t care about the cuts to benefits, or any of the other suffering they have caused to the poor and unemployed. It’s in their DNA, the traditional reluctance to help people who cannot provide for themselves. What they do provide is given reluctantly, and with a large dose of moral disapproval. And if they can find someone else to make up the shortfall in state provision, as with foodbanks, they are quite happy to let them get on with it.
    The sad part of all of this, is that none of it is necessary. Foodbanks, poverty, homelessness, all choices made in Downing Street.

    Jeff Smith

    October 15, 2021 at 7:31 pm

  31. Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .

    A6er

    October 18, 2021 at 6:18 am

  32. Huddersfield foodbank boss on human misery behind referrals as she says winter will be worse than 1980s

    https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/huddersfield-foodbank-boss-human-misery-21894222

    trev

    October 19, 2021 at 10:33 am

  33. Inflation: Food price rises are terrifying, warns industry

    BBC News

    Food and drink firms are seeing “terrifying” price rises, a sector trade body has said, warning of a knock-on effect for consumers.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58962049

    trev

    October 19, 2021 at 7:24 pm


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