STARVATION IS THE REALITY OF WELFARE AND PENSION REFORM IN ENGLAND TODAY
Welfare Reform began under Labour back in 2015, who brought in Atos and invented the Bedroom Tax.
The need for Food banks began to rise back in 2005.
WHAT ARE FOOD BANKS?
Food Banks are not provided by the government or councils.
The government devolved the Social Fund budgets to councils, who absorbed the funding into general council budgets, telling the starving to go to charitable food banks. This has now back-fired.
Food Banks are provided by charities, mostly churches, and staffed by volunteers.
A university professor described food banks as a sticking plaster over a gaping wound, in the Panorama programme on food banks on Monday, 3 March 2014.
Food banks are indeed a lie, as you only get 3 vouchers in a year.
If you are hungry one day, you are hungry every day.
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WHY ARE FOOD BANKS GROWING SO FAST TODAY?
Welfare Reform sanctions those on benefit for weeks or even months at a time, and can, indeed, sanction off all income for three years.
This means hundreds of thousands of people being left, weeks or even months with no funds, and then found to have been wrongly sanctioned.
But what of those, who cannot get back on benefit? These are then left to starve forever.
Youth homelessness at an all time high, and great rise in bin-dipping for food, recently failed to be prosecuted as a case law precendent.
But why grovel in the rubbish for food, when it could go to the starving direct with public hygiene?
WHO ARE THE POOR GOING TO FOOD BANKS?
As one food bank manager observed, if sanctioned, why leave these people to starve?
The belief is that welfare and benefit only means unemployed people, from disadvantaged backgrounds, alcoholics, etc.
This view is decades out of date, because in old English half a century back, welfare was only meant to mean the dole, the line of people waiting for poor relief when out of work.
Only 3% of the benefits bill goes on unemployment today.
(Source Dame Anne Begg,
Chairwoman Commons Select Committee on Works and Pensions,
who otherwise could not care less about pensioners,
nor her fellow women losing state pension at 60,
when women MPs kept the pension payout (and thus state and works pension payout)
if within 10 years of that age.)
Half the benefits bill goes to people in work.
The other half to pensioners.
The disabled and chronic sick, who can be over 60, are also too easily sanctioned off benefit or never gain benefit.
WHY COUNCILS ARE HAVING TO DONATE TO FOOD BANKS?
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