Here we are living in the 21st Century, with modern technology and and the world which is supposed to be at our feet, when an economic crisis descend upon us which threw us all into the realms of having to tighten our belts.
Yes, we repeatedly hear our Prime Minister and our Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne telling us we are all in this together.
And when you are scrimping and scraping and trying to make ends meet…and life is getting tougher by the minute and you are faced with no money, no job, and no prospects things get to you… you can’t help but wonder what the future holds.. are you going to sink further into debt or are you just going to be another human being destined for the scrap heap… with no job and no benefits because the Government says you are not entitled to them.
Back in May 2013, the Guardian reported this in an article:
Massive cuts to social safety nets have led to “destitution, hardship and hunger on a large scale” in Britain, with more than half a million people now forced to rely on food banks for sustenance, key povertycharitieshave warned in a report.
Welfare changes and mistakes by Jobcentre Plus staff are causing delays in benefits and errors or sanctions, which push vulnerable people into precarious situations, the report from Church Action on Poverty and Oxfam warns. The charities want an urgent parliamentary inquiry.
“The shocking reality is that hundreds of thousands of people in the UK are turning to food aid,” said Mark Goldring, Oxfam’s chief executive. “Cuts to social safety nets have gone too far, leading to destitution, hardship and hunger on a large scale. It is unacceptable that this is happening in the seventh wealthiest nation on the planet.”
The report, Walking the Breadline, is backed by the Trussell Trust, the UK’s biggest provider of food banks. It blames the increasing pressure on food banks on far-reaching changes to the benefits system, as well as on unemployment, increased underemployment, low and falling incomes and rising food and fuel prices.
The Trussell Trust says:
13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK.
Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.
In 2012-13 foodbanks fed 346,992 people nationwide. Of those helped, 126,889 were children. Rising costs of food and fuel combined with static income, high unemployment and changes to benefits are causing more and more people to come to foodbanks for help.
The Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open new foodbanks nationwide. With over 325 foodbanks currently launched, our goal is for every town to have one.
You can read about the benefit changes and what impact is has had on people by reading the Trussell Trust’s Report.
And what do we get from a caring PM tonight… oh yes the menu of what him and his cronies are eating at the G8 Summit tonight.. Yes you guessed it David ‘Dishface’ Cameron decided to tell us what they were having for dinner, by tweeting the menu.
Unbelievable isn’t it? People in the UK having to rely on Food Banks for their next meal and the Prime Minister tells the world what he is shoving down his throat tonight; whilst people in his own country are probably sitting there tonight starving hungry with no money to feed themselves.
Yes Dishface we are all in this together, except for you and your mates… Mind you, you can keep the starter don’t like seafood. 😀
Talk about Bugger you Jack, I’m alright.