Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The only thing growing in Britain is hunger

Number of UK poor receiving emergency food aid doubles

Figures from Trussell Trust, which operates food banks, show 110,000 were referred for help between April and September.

Posted by dill @ 03:23 PM (1585 views)
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5 thoughts on “The only thing growing in Britain is hunger

  • But inflation going down & it’s cheaper to live now…..

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  • As the article suggest, benefit sanctions are on the increase because people are not willing to make-up/write down what they are/aren’t doing to look for work.
    Another major contributing factor is they have clamped down on emergency loans, where you could borrow £50 if you lost your wallet and pay it back over a few months.
    If you are claiming JSA and for some reason have unexpected surprise you will either have to resort to crime or charity because the short term small loans will not be available to you.

    Not to worry though because your landlord will still get his rent.

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  • A friend of mine works as a volunteer at a food bank in Essex where people on benefits get free stuff. He has invited me along on several occasions.

    Most of the “clients” are not really able to sort out their lives or get whatever benefits the “system” has for them. I came away very sad. Regrettably for these folk rules have been tightened up and strongly enforced in recent times because of so many multiple claims by intelligent fraudsters just milking the system. I can understand the civil servant’s position.

    I bumped into a few “characters” who charge an extra 55% for a £100 loan, repayable in 3 weeks – that’s £155. Failure to repay could mean the debtor-man is shown where he can nick stuff and left to get on with it. For debtor-women, there are other “opportunities” – it just depends on what you look like…..

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  • I often say that the current benefits system is so complicated that only people who set out to defraud it ever fully understand it.

    My better half, who works with a lot of benefit claimants, tells me that is not really true, although the Tories are getting rid of a lot of the advice centres that help people who aren’t internet-savvy know what they’re entitled to.

    The sad fact is that these reforms would save very little money and people would not nearly resent benefit claimants enough to clamour for them, if they hadn’t sold off all the council houses. HB is the only benefit that costs a significant amount of money and the wasted expenditure hardly benefits the claimants, since they simply hand it all over to their landlords.

    But then, as MW would say, they do own land…

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  • @ 3.
    Ah yes, Land of Hope and Glory.

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