Shocking rise in the usage of food banks

People queue up for food at the Richmond Hill St Andrews church soup kitchen

People queue up for food at the Richmond Hill St Andrews church soup kitchen

First published in News by , Chief Reporter

THERE has been a “shocking” rise in the number of people using food banks – and those helping the needy in Dorset say the situation is getting worse.

A report published by The Trussell Trust, which runs food banks across the country, said that there had been a 163 per cent rise on the previous 12 months as rising living costs, low pay and welfare reforms hit more people.

A record total of more than 913,000 people received three days’ emergency food in the last year, with more than half blaming benefit delays or changes.

The trust now has more than 400 food banks across the UK.

One to open in the past year is Ringwood.

Peter Trebilco, pictured right, Ringwood Food Bank project manager, has been working on setting up a new distribution centre in Verwood to cope with demand. It is hoped that it will open by June.

He said: “What we’ve seen is an increasing number of people coming in.

“When we started off (in Ringwood), it was fairly quiet. The numbers have been increasing month on month.

“You don’t want to see them increasing, you don’t want to see people in desperation for food.

“This situation is happening and has been getting worse over the last few months.”

Claire Matthews, above right, runs an independent food bank, which feeds people at St Andrew’s URC in Bournemouth town centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at Cotlands Road car park on Saturdays.

She said: “They’re growing every week, the numbers. They’re growing dramatically; it’s hard to keep up with it.

“They say that the economy is turning around and yes, it is, but we’re also finding a lot of middle class people who have used their savings and have nothing left to get back on track with.”

Claire said use of her food bank had increased by 300 per cent in the 15 months it has been open.

“I can’t understand it in the 21st Century,” she added.

 

THE Trussell Trust’s chairman, Chris Mould, said: “That 900,000 people have received three days’ food from a food bank – close to triple the numbers helped last year – is shocking in 21st-century Britain.
“These figures don’t include those helped by other emergency food providers, those living in towns where there is no food bank, people who are too ashamed to seek help or the large number of people who are only just coping by eating less and buying cheap food.”
He called for “determined policy” to ensure that the economic recovery reached those on low incomes.
A letter signed by 36 Anglican bishops and more than 600 church leaders from all major dominations calls for urgent Government action to tackle food poverty.
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: “We’re spending £94 billion a year on working age benefits so that the welfare system provides a safety net to millions of people who are on low incomes or unemployed so they can meet their basic needs.
“Even the OECD say there are fewer people struggling with their food bills compared with a few years ago, benefit processing times are improving and even the Trussell Trust’s own research recognises the effect their marketing activity has on the growth of their business.”

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7:18am Sat 19 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

Ian Duncan Smith says there is no problem at all. In fact his department refuse to see figures from the food banks.

It will come back to bite these posh boys hard.
Ian Duncan Smith says there is no problem at all. In fact his department refuse to see figures from the food banks. It will come back to bite these posh boys hard. BIGTONE
  • Score: 11

8:21am Sat 19 Apr 14

PokesdownMark says...

This story is pretty much identical to the one on 30th December. When I said:

Several new food banks are set up every week in the UK, the are in vogue with a certain brand of Christian sect. I find it odd then that the larger food bank organisations churn out press releases about the numbers of people they serve because they themselves are creating the demand in the first place. I do not doubt that some small number of very needy people benefit. But the organisations press offices talk about hundreds of thousands leading to nonsense headlines about third world Britain. Do not be fooled by those jumping on this most ideological theocratic bandwagon as proof of their political agenda and bias.

All of that still applies. So I expect the next identical regurgitated press release story in August?
This story is pretty much identical to the one on 30th December. When I said: Several new food banks are set up every week in the UK, the are in vogue with a certain brand of Christian sect. I find it odd then that the larger food bank organisations churn out press releases about the numbers of people they serve because they themselves are creating the demand in the first place. I do not doubt that some small number of very needy people benefit. But the organisations press offices talk about hundreds of thousands leading to nonsense headlines about third world Britain. Do not be fooled by those jumping on this most ideological theocratic bandwagon as proof of their political agenda and bias. All of that still applies. So I expect the next identical regurgitated press release story in August? PokesdownMark
  • Score: -20

8:45am Sat 19 Apr 14

djd says...

PokesdownMark wrote:
This story is pretty much identical to the one on 30th December. When I said:

Several new food banks are set up every week in the UK, the are in vogue with a certain brand of Christian sect. I find it odd then that the larger food bank organisations churn out press releases about the numbers of people they serve because they themselves are creating the demand in the first place. I do not doubt that some small number of very needy people benefit. But the organisations press offices talk about hundreds of thousands leading to nonsense headlines about third world Britain. Do not be fooled by those jumping on this most ideological theocratic bandwagon as proof of their political agenda and bias.

All of that still applies. So I expect the next identical regurgitated press release story in August?
Sorry Pokesdown Mark, you have to see it to believe it. I assume you're talking about the Trussell Trust which organises most local foodbanks.
People come into the Foodbank because they are desperate. Without the foodbanks they wouldn't eat. It's as simple as that.
The biggest problem by far is the change in the Benefits system where claimants can no longer talk to staff face to face. It has to be on the phone.
So they do need a phone to progress their claim and they need credit on the phone to be able to use it. The Government themselves say they sort claims in an average of sixteen days. What do you do for sixteen days?? Starve?
These are not the type of people who save for rainy days, they live for today. That's usually the limit of their resources.
That Is jjust the situation the Foodbank is there for. Food to tide you over an emergency situation. Yes, there are the scroungers and the fiddlers both in the Benefits system and in the Foodbank systems, but do you take the chance of turning away someone who says they have no money for food because you think they MAY be playing the system.
[quote][p][bold]PokesdownMark[/bold] wrote: This story is pretty much identical to the one on 30th December. When I said: Several new food banks are set up every week in the UK, the are in vogue with a certain brand of Christian sect. I find it odd then that the larger food bank organisations churn out press releases about the numbers of people they serve because they themselves are creating the demand in the first place. I do not doubt that some small number of very needy people benefit. But the organisations press offices talk about hundreds of thousands leading to nonsense headlines about third world Britain. Do not be fooled by those jumping on this most ideological theocratic bandwagon as proof of their political agenda and bias. All of that still applies. So I expect the next identical regurgitated press release story in August?[/p][/quote]Sorry Pokesdown Mark, you have to see it to believe it. I assume you're talking about the Trussell Trust which organises most local foodbanks. People come into the Foodbank because they are desperate. Without the foodbanks they wouldn't eat. It's as simple as that. The biggest problem by far is the change in the Benefits system where claimants can no longer talk to staff face to face. It has to be on the phone. So they do need a phone to progress their claim and they need credit on the phone to be able to use it. The Government themselves say they sort claims in an average of sixteen days. What do you do for sixteen days?? Starve? These are not the type of people who save for rainy days, they live for today. That's usually the limit of their resources. That Is jjust the situation the Foodbank is there for. Food to tide you over an emergency situation. Yes, there are the scroungers and the fiddlers both in the Benefits system and in the Foodbank systems, but do you take the chance of turning away someone who says they have no money for food because you think they MAY be playing the system. djd
  • Score: 19

9:04am Sat 19 Apr 14

Townee says...

Let's hope that only genuine hard up people are given access to the food bank, unlike the women in the paper the other day. She used the food bank so she could afford cigs, beer and taking her kids to the cinema. This is not an extra it is to help those who don't have food.
Perhaps it's about time that benefits were given in vouchers to be exchanged at shops for food only and not given money that goes on sky tv, booze, the latest mobile phones and other luxuries. If you want luxuries THEN WORK FOR THEM LIKE WE HAVE TO.
Let's hope that only genuine hard up people are given access to the food bank, unlike the women in the paper the other day. She used the food bank so she could afford cigs, beer and taking her kids to the cinema. This is not an extra it is to help those who don't have food. Perhaps it's about time that benefits were given in vouchers to be exchanged at shops for food only and not given money that goes on sky tv, booze, the latest mobile phones and other luxuries. If you want luxuries THEN WORK FOR THEM LIKE WE HAVE TO. Townee
  • Score: -23

9:35am Sat 19 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

Well said Pokesdown mark and Townee,The trussell trust are making money out of setting up food banks.
Well said Pokesdown mark and Townee,The trussell trust are making money out of setting up food banks. pete woodley
  • Score: -24

10:12am Sat 19 Apr 14

Upkeep says...

Don't believe the hype about cutting down on too much tax payers money being spent on benefits. The papers are always quick to tell stories of fraud or living the high life whilst on benefits, it's a small comparison compared to the amount of British people who are living in conditions you would think was from the third world.
I work, I pay tax. I don't mind it going towards benefits to help folk who need it. I don't like it being used to fight illegal wars. I don't like it being spent to prop up banking institutions. I don't like paying MP's expenses.
Get a grip people. These are our people struggling and as soon as this thatcher legacy of " I'm alright Jack" goes the better for everyone.
Don't believe the hype about cutting down on too much tax payers money being spent on benefits. The papers are always quick to tell stories of fraud or living the high life whilst on benefits, it's a small comparison compared to the amount of British people who are living in conditions you would think was from the third world. I work, I pay tax. I don't mind it going towards benefits to help folk who need it. I don't like it being used to fight illegal wars. I don't like it being spent to prop up banking institutions. I don't like paying MP's expenses. Get a grip people. These are our people struggling and as soon as this thatcher legacy of " I'm alright Jack" goes the better for everyone. Upkeep
  • Score: 19

10:20am Sat 19 Apr 14

High Treason says...

Go along to outside a food bank and see how many arrive in cars, how many are smoking. The simple fact is when people fall on hard times they expect the state to sustain their existing lifestyle. They believe they should still have their cars and tv subscription, still buy a packet of ciggies a day, still run a car. Still use disposable nappies when Terry nappies work out a lot cheaper. It is only a matter of time before people will learn the hard way because we are unable to afford the massive benefits bill. We have created a system whereby the family unit is broken to such an extent we expect the state to provide all.
Go along to outside a food bank and see how many arrive in cars, how many are smoking. The simple fact is when people fall on hard times they expect the state to sustain their existing lifestyle. They believe they should still have their cars and tv subscription, still buy a packet of ciggies a day, still run a car. Still use disposable nappies when Terry nappies work out a lot cheaper. It is only a matter of time before people will learn the hard way because we are unable to afford the massive benefits bill. We have created a system whereby the family unit is broken to such an extent we expect the state to provide all. High Treason
  • Score: -29

10:31am Sat 19 Apr 14

Baysider says...

I see the Echo Court of Rightwingers is sitting in judgement then. Don't get me wrong there are people who will use food banks and use the money saved for fags and booze and that's out of order.

But the vast majority use them BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY FOOD!!! How so many people can be so comfortable with knowing there are families going hungry in the UK today is beyond me and is the shameful legacy of this government.
I see the Echo Court of Rightwingers is sitting in judgement then. Don't get me wrong there are people who will use food banks and use the money saved for fags and booze and that's out of order. But the vast majority use them BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY FOOD!!! How so many people can be so comfortable with knowing there are families going hungry in the UK today is beyond me and is the shameful legacy of this government. Baysider
  • Score: 11

10:45am Sat 19 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

PokesdownMark wrote:
This story is pretty much identical to the one on 30th December. When I said:

Several new food banks are set up every week in the UK, the are in vogue with a certain brand of Christian sect. I find it odd then that the larger food bank organisations churn out press releases about the numbers of people they serve because they themselves are creating the demand in the first place. I do not doubt that some small number of very needy people benefit. But the organisations press offices talk about hundreds of thousands leading to nonsense headlines about third world Britain. Do not be fooled by those jumping on this most ideological theocratic bandwagon as proof of their political agenda and bias.

All of that still applies. So I expect the next identical regurgitated press release story in August?
How true "they themselves are creating the demand in the first place" because if organisations are giving food away which will otherwise need to be paid for naturally demand for it will forever rise, if these places started handing out five pound notes they just might need to issue another press release about a further 'shocking' increase in demand!

We must also be wary of the motives behind some of those organisations running food banks, for their own interests in these rising figures are without doubt political and financial, the fact that an increasing number of those now using these food banks probably have no real need to do so is not relevant to the true agendas being pursued.
[quote][p][bold]PokesdownMark[/bold] wrote: This story is pretty much identical to the one on 30th December. When I said: Several new food banks are set up every week in the UK, the are in vogue with a certain brand of Christian sect. I find it odd then that the larger food bank organisations churn out press releases about the numbers of people they serve because they themselves are creating the demand in the first place. I do not doubt that some small number of very needy people benefit. But the organisations press offices talk about hundreds of thousands leading to nonsense headlines about third world Britain. Do not be fooled by those jumping on this most ideological theocratic bandwagon as proof of their political agenda and bias. All of that still applies. So I expect the next identical regurgitated press release story in August?[/p][/quote]How true "they themselves are creating the demand in the first place" because if organisations are giving food away which will otherwise need to be paid for naturally demand for it will forever rise, if these places started handing out five pound notes they just might need to issue another press release about a further 'shocking' increase in demand! We must also be wary of the motives behind some of those organisations running food banks, for their own interests in these rising figures are without doubt political and financial, the fact that an increasing number of those now using these food banks probably have no real need to do so is not relevant to the true agendas being pursued. muscliffman
  • Score: -3

10:49am Sat 19 Apr 14

Edna Cheese (Mrs) says...

Maybe there are just more food banks
Maybe there are just more food banks Edna Cheese (Mrs)
  • Score: -1

11:32am Sat 19 Apr 14

Baysider says...

muscliffman wrote:
PokesdownMark wrote:
This story is pretty much identical to the one on 30th December. When I said:

Several new food banks are set up every week in the UK, the are in vogue with a certain brand of Christian sect. I find it odd then that the larger food bank organisations churn out press releases about the numbers of people they serve because they themselves are creating the demand in the first place. I do not doubt that some small number of very needy people benefit. But the organisations press offices talk about hundreds of thousands leading to nonsense headlines about third world Britain. Do not be fooled by those jumping on this most ideological theocratic bandwagon as proof of their political agenda and bias.

All of that still applies. So I expect the next identical regurgitated press release story in August?
How true "they themselves are creating the demand in the first place" because if organisations are giving food away which will otherwise need to be paid for naturally demand for it will forever rise, if these places started handing out five pound notes they just might need to issue another press release about a further 'shocking' increase in demand!

We must also be wary of the motives behind some of those organisations running food banks, for their own interests in these rising figures are without doubt political and financial, the fact that an increasing number of those now using these food banks probably have no real need to do so is not relevant to the true agendas being pursued.
Maybe their motives are that they don't want to see children going to school on an empty stomach?

I'd hazard a guess that most of the people casting doubt on the worthiness of food bank users are themselves retired and very comfortably off thank you very much. They are also by far the group that has been effected the least by this government's cuts for clear reasons.

So in short, unless you have some direct knowledge of the clients using food banks why don't you just keep your ill informed, ideologically driven thoughts to yourself.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PokesdownMark[/bold] wrote: This story is pretty much identical to the one on 30th December. When I said: Several new food banks are set up every week in the UK, the are in vogue with a certain brand of Christian sect. I find it odd then that the larger food bank organisations churn out press releases about the numbers of people they serve because they themselves are creating the demand in the first place. I do not doubt that some small number of very needy people benefit. But the organisations press offices talk about hundreds of thousands leading to nonsense headlines about third world Britain. Do not be fooled by those jumping on this most ideological theocratic bandwagon as proof of their political agenda and bias. All of that still applies. So I expect the next identical regurgitated press release story in August?[/p][/quote]How true "they themselves are creating the demand in the first place" because if organisations are giving food away which will otherwise need to be paid for naturally demand for it will forever rise, if these places started handing out five pound notes they just might need to issue another press release about a further 'shocking' increase in demand! We must also be wary of the motives behind some of those organisations running food banks, for their own interests in these rising figures are without doubt political and financial, the fact that an increasing number of those now using these food banks probably have no real need to do so is not relevant to the true agendas being pursued.[/p][/quote]Maybe their motives are that they don't want to see children going to school on an empty stomach? I'd hazard a guess that most of the people casting doubt on the worthiness of food bank users are themselves retired and very comfortably off thank you very much. They are also by far the group that has been effected the least by this government's cuts for clear reasons. So in short, unless you have some direct knowledge of the clients using food banks why don't you just keep your ill informed, ideologically driven thoughts to yourself. Baysider
  • Score: 32

11:57am Sat 19 Apr 14

elite50 says...

Take a look at the story.
They opened up a store in Ringwood. It started very slowly, then picked up.
People are very quick to latch on to a good deal.
They are trying to open a store in Verwood.
I don't remember any story of people starving in either of those places.
It seems that, if there is not a problem, why open a place up?
If you look at the "score" at each of the comments it seems that the "hands out" brigade are all in, trying to leach a bit more from the system.
One question . How can you afford a computer if you cant afford to feed yourselves???
Take a look at the story. They opened up a store in Ringwood. It started very slowly, then picked up. People are very quick to latch on to a good deal. They are trying to open a store in Verwood. I don't remember any story of people starving in either of those places. It seems that, if there is not a problem, why open a place up? If you look at the "score" at each of the comments it seems that the "hands out" brigade are all in, trying to leach a bit more from the system. One question . How can you afford a computer if you cant afford to feed yourselves??? elite50
  • Score: -26

12:13pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Baysider says...

elite50 wrote:
Take a look at the story.
They opened up a store in Ringwood. It started very slowly, then picked up.
People are very quick to latch on to a good deal.
They are trying to open a store in Verwood.
I don't remember any story of people starving in either of those places.
It seems that, if there is not a problem, why open a place up?
If you look at the "score" at each of the comments it seems that the "hands out" brigade are all in, trying to leach a bit more from the system.
One question . How can you afford a computer if you cant afford to feed yourselves???
I'm not a food bank user, thank god, and hope I'm never in that position. What I am prepared to do is take the word of those who have been saying for some time that more and more people are HAVING to use them to fulfill a gap in household funding. People who 5 years ago almost certainly never thought they would be reliant on handouts to feed their family.

Think of it this way, why are the budget retailers doing so well when a few years ago there was a stigma attached to them? It's because for a lot of people times are very, very tough and for an increasing number they cannot even afford to shop at Lidl, etc and therefore find themselves at food banks.

That might not sit comfortably with your prejudices but it's a fact.
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: Take a look at the story. They opened up a store in Ringwood. It started very slowly, then picked up. People are very quick to latch on to a good deal. They are trying to open a store in Verwood. I don't remember any story of people starving in either of those places. It seems that, if there is not a problem, why open a place up? If you look at the "score" at each of the comments it seems that the "hands out" brigade are all in, trying to leach a bit more from the system. One question . How can you afford a computer if you cant afford to feed yourselves???[/p][/quote]I'm not a food bank user, thank god, and hope I'm never in that position. What I am prepared to do is take the word of those who have been saying for some time that more and more people are HAVING to use them to fulfill a gap in household funding. People who 5 years ago almost certainly never thought they would be reliant on handouts to feed their family. Think of it this way, why are the budget retailers doing so well when a few years ago there was a stigma attached to them? It's because for a lot of people times are very, very tough and for an increasing number they cannot even afford to shop at Lidl, etc and therefore find themselves at food banks. That might not sit comfortably with your prejudices but it's a fact. Baysider
  • Score: 21

12:18pm Sat 19 Apr 14

djd says...

We can all argue about the pros and cons of foodbanks and whether or not they are politically motivated.
But the stark facts are that foodbanks exist and that people do need them.
In a civilised society such as are supposed to be, I can only say that I ashamed that foodbanks do exist and that there are people who do need to use them.
In an ideal world there would be no foodbanks where people have to justify their need for food and many feel embarrassed using the Foodbank.
But they both exist and we have to get used to them.
We can all argue about the pros and cons of foodbanks and whether or not they are politically motivated. But the stark facts are that foodbanks exist and that people do need them. In a civilised society such as are supposed to be, I can only say that I ashamed that foodbanks do exist and that there are people who do need to use them. In an ideal world there would be no foodbanks where people have to justify their need for food and many feel embarrassed using the Foodbank. But they both exist and we have to get used to them. djd
  • Score: 5

12:35pm Sat 19 Apr 14

BmthNewshound says...

The increase in demand for food banks started under the last Labour Government. The fact is that the Labour lost control of the benefits system. And if Labour return to power they have said that they will retain the benefits cap set by the current government.
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Criticising the government for trying to make the benefits system sustainable is all well and good but how many of these critics would be prepared to pay more in tax to pay for excessive amounts in benefits which far exceed what people could earn if working ?
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Where the government could do more is encouraging companies to pay a living wage, this could be achieved by reductions in employers NI or other tax incentives. This would also reduce the welfare bill as less people would be claiming “top up” benefits
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Long before the welfare state the Church provided help for the poor and needy - in fact such charity is central to not just Christian teachings but to the teachings of many religions. So is it unreasonable for the Church to organise food banks ? I say not.
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Information issued by the Trussell Trust is highly biased to promote their own politically motivated agenda. It should be remembered that food banks only provide emergency food aid for a very limited period . So they criticise the government for effectively rationing benefits payments when they themselves are using a much more random criteria for handing out food.
The increase in demand for food banks started under the last Labour Government. The fact is that the Labour lost control of the benefits system. And if Labour return to power they have said that they will retain the benefits cap set by the current government. . Criticising the government for trying to make the benefits system sustainable is all well and good but how many of these critics would be prepared to pay more in tax to pay for excessive amounts in benefits which far exceed what people could earn if working ? . Where the government could do more is encouraging companies to pay a living wage, this could be achieved by reductions in employers NI or other tax incentives. This would also reduce the welfare bill as less people would be claiming “top up” benefits . Long before the welfare state the Church provided help for the poor and needy - in fact such charity is central to not just Christian teachings but to the teachings of many religions. So is it unreasonable for the Church to organise food banks ? I say not. . Information issued by the Trussell Trust is highly biased to promote their own politically motivated agenda. It should be remembered that food banks only provide emergency food aid for a very limited period . So they criticise the government for effectively rationing benefits payments when they themselves are using a much more random criteria for handing out food. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 1

12:45pm Sat 19 Apr 14

SophieRJ says...

I help out at the soup kitchen mentioned. It is a privilege to know that we are helping some of the most needy people in the area. A very humbling experience...
I help out at the soup kitchen mentioned. It is a privilege to know that we are helping some of the most needy people in the area. A very humbling experience... SophieRJ
  • Score: 36

1:46pm Sat 19 Apr 14

lilacfloyd says...

High Treason wrote:
Go along to outside a food bank and see how many arrive in cars, how many are smoking. The simple fact is when people fall on hard times they expect the state to sustain their existing lifestyle. They believe they should still have their cars and tv subscription, still buy a packet of ciggies a day, still run a car. Still use disposable nappies when Terry nappies work out a lot cheaper. It is only a matter of time before people will learn the hard way because we are unable to afford the massive benefits bill. We have created a system whereby the family unit is broken to such an extent we expect the state to provide all.
So it's you that hangs around food banks, taking notes. ;)
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: Go along to outside a food bank and see how many arrive in cars, how many are smoking. The simple fact is when people fall on hard times they expect the state to sustain their existing lifestyle. They believe they should still have their cars and tv subscription, still buy a packet of ciggies a day, still run a car. Still use disposable nappies when Terry nappies work out a lot cheaper. It is only a matter of time before people will learn the hard way because we are unable to afford the massive benefits bill. We have created a system whereby the family unit is broken to such an extent we expect the state to provide all.[/p][/quote]So it's you that hangs around food banks, taking notes. ;) lilacfloyd
  • Score: 11

2:04pm Sat 19 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

lilacfloyd wrote:
High Treason wrote:
Go along to outside a food bank and see how many arrive in cars, how many are smoking. The simple fact is when people fall on hard times they expect the state to sustain their existing lifestyle. They believe they should still have their cars and tv subscription, still buy a packet of ciggies a day, still run a car. Still use disposable nappies when Terry nappies work out a lot cheaper. It is only a matter of time before people will learn the hard way because we are unable to afford the massive benefits bill. We have created a system whereby the family unit is broken to such an extent we expect the state to provide all.
So it's you that hangs around food banks, taking notes. ;)
What if they did.
[quote][p][bold]lilacfloyd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: Go along to outside a food bank and see how many arrive in cars, how many are smoking. The simple fact is when people fall on hard times they expect the state to sustain their existing lifestyle. They believe they should still have their cars and tv subscription, still buy a packet of ciggies a day, still run a car. Still use disposable nappies when Terry nappies work out a lot cheaper. It is only a matter of time before people will learn the hard way because we are unable to afford the massive benefits bill. We have created a system whereby the family unit is broken to such an extent we expect the state to provide all.[/p][/quote]So it's you that hangs around food banks, taking notes. ;)[/p][/quote]What if they did. pete woodley
  • Score: -34

2:23pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Dave2207 says...

All retailers like to boast about their sales volumes. The Trussel organisation is no different! It is a business, mostly not run by unpaid volunteers, and it's relentless self-promotion serves to increase the demand for its product by expanding its user-base to include large numbers of scroungers and opportunists. It certainly competes on price (being free at the point of use) but it should get out of politics, concentrate on charitable deeds and give up its left-wing propaganda.
All retailers like to boast about their sales volumes. The Trussel organisation is no different! It is a business, mostly not run by unpaid volunteers, and it's relentless self-promotion serves to increase the demand for its product by expanding its user-base to include large numbers of scroungers and opportunists. It certainly competes on price (being free at the point of use) but it should get out of politics, concentrate on charitable deeds and give up its left-wing propaganda. Dave2207
  • Score: -15

2:36pm Sat 19 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

Dave2207 wrote:
All retailers like to boast about their sales volumes. The Trussel organisation is no different! It is a business, mostly not run by unpaid volunteers, and it's relentless self-promotion serves to increase the demand for its product by expanding its user-base to include large numbers of scroungers and opportunists. It certainly competes on price (being free at the point of use) but it should get out of politics, concentrate on charitable deeds and give up its left-wing propaganda.
Keep it up Dave,too many do not know the truth,and if they do they ignore it,the trussell trust is a racket.
[quote][p][bold]Dave2207[/bold] wrote: All retailers like to boast about their sales volumes. The Trussel organisation is no different! It is a business, mostly not run by unpaid volunteers, and it's relentless self-promotion serves to increase the demand for its product by expanding its user-base to include large numbers of scroungers and opportunists. It certainly competes on price (being free at the point of use) but it should get out of politics, concentrate on charitable deeds and give up its left-wing propaganda.[/p][/quote]Keep it up Dave,too many do not know the truth,and if they do they ignore it,the trussell trust is a racket. pete woodley
  • Score: -23

2:43pm Sat 19 Apr 14

elite50 says...

Baysider wrote:
elite50 wrote:
Take a look at the story.
They opened up a store in Ringwood. It started very slowly, then picked up.
People are very quick to latch on to a good deal.
They are trying to open a store in Verwood.
I don't remember any story of people starving in either of those places.
It seems that, if there is not a problem, why open a place up?
If you look at the "score" at each of the comments it seems that the "hands out" brigade are all in, trying to leach a bit more from the system.
One question . How can you afford a computer if you cant afford to feed yourselves???
I'm not a food bank user, thank god, and hope I'm never in that position. What I am prepared to do is take the word of those who have been saying for some time that more and more people are HAVING to use them to fulfill a gap in household funding. People who 5 years ago almost certainly never thought they would be reliant on handouts to feed their family.

Think of it this way, why are the budget retailers doing so well when a few years ago there was a stigma attached to them? It's because for a lot of people times are very, very tough and for an increasing number they cannot even afford to shop at Lidl, etc and therefore find themselves at food banks.

That might not sit comfortably with your prejudices but it's a fact.
At the last look I got a minus 17 score.
Maybe I am missing something but if some-one is unemployed they get help from us (our taxes etc.).
This is the welfare state (read "hands out mentality").
What the hell happened to the words "responsibility for my own actions" .
If the current government system collapsed 30% of the whole country would soon be dead.
This is disgusting, the (used to be) leader of the largest empire that the world has ever seen has collapsed into a bunch of self seeking dead beats.
Do any of you remember the words "Proud to be British"?
You "minus" people make me sick!
I hope you enjoy seeing your country sink into the third world!
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: Take a look at the story. They opened up a store in Ringwood. It started very slowly, then picked up. People are very quick to latch on to a good deal. They are trying to open a store in Verwood. I don't remember any story of people starving in either of those places. It seems that, if there is not a problem, why open a place up? If you look at the "score" at each of the comments it seems that the "hands out" brigade are all in, trying to leach a bit more from the system. One question . How can you afford a computer if you cant afford to feed yourselves???[/p][/quote]I'm not a food bank user, thank god, and hope I'm never in that position. What I am prepared to do is take the word of those who have been saying for some time that more and more people are HAVING to use them to fulfill a gap in household funding. People who 5 years ago almost certainly never thought they would be reliant on handouts to feed their family. Think of it this way, why are the budget retailers doing so well when a few years ago there was a stigma attached to them? It's because for a lot of people times are very, very tough and for an increasing number they cannot even afford to shop at Lidl, etc and therefore find themselves at food banks. That might not sit comfortably with your prejudices but it's a fact.[/p][/quote]At the last look I got a minus 17 score. Maybe I am missing something but if some-one is unemployed they get help from us (our taxes etc.). This is the welfare state (read "hands out mentality"). What the hell happened to the words "responsibility for my own actions" . If the current government system collapsed 30% of the whole country would soon be dead. This is disgusting, the (used to be) leader of the largest empire that the world has ever seen has collapsed into a bunch of self seeking dead beats. Do any of you remember the words "Proud to be British"? You "minus" people make me sick! I hope you enjoy seeing your country sink into the third world! elite50
  • Score: -29

2:54pm Sat 19 Apr 14

elite50 says...

Don't just sit there DO SOMETHING!!!!
Don't just sit there DO SOMETHING!!!! elite50
  • Score: -23

3:27pm Sat 19 Apr 14

elite50 says...

Upkeep wrote:
Don't believe the hype about cutting down on too much tax payers money being spent on benefits. The papers are always quick to tell stories of fraud or living the high life whilst on benefits, it's a small comparison compared to the amount of British people who are living in conditions you would think was from the third world.
I work, I pay tax. I don't mind it going towards benefits to help folk who need it. I don't like it being used to fight illegal wars. I don't like it being spent to prop up banking institutions. I don't like paying MP's expenses.
Get a grip people. These are our people struggling and as soon as this thatcher legacy of " I'm alright Jack" goes the better for everyone.
The points that you have missed is that:-
A, Fighting "illegal" wars saves this country from invasion from the east.
B, Propping up banking institutions prevents Israel from owning your country (for a while anyway).
C, Paying M.P.s expenses gets a slightly better class of politicians to run our country (if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys).
The more people who say "I'm alright Jack", means that the rest of the people don't have to carry them!
[quote][p][bold]Upkeep[/bold] wrote: Don't believe the hype about cutting down on too much tax payers money being spent on benefits. The papers are always quick to tell stories of fraud or living the high life whilst on benefits, it's a small comparison compared to the amount of British people who are living in conditions you would think was from the third world. I work, I pay tax. I don't mind it going towards benefits to help folk who need it. I don't like it being used to fight illegal wars. I don't like it being spent to prop up banking institutions. I don't like paying MP's expenses. Get a grip people. These are our people struggling and as soon as this thatcher legacy of " I'm alright Jack" goes the better for everyone.[/p][/quote]The points that you have missed is that:- A, Fighting "illegal" wars saves this country from invasion from the east. B, Propping up banking institutions prevents Israel from owning your country (for a while anyway). C, Paying M.P.s expenses gets a slightly better class of politicians to run our country (if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys). The more people who say "I'm alright Jack", means that the rest of the people don't have to carry them! elite50
  • Score: -18

6:26pm Sat 19 Apr 14

guisselle says...

There but for the grace of god and all of that. Too many Dads leaving their
families to fend for themselves, mental health problems caused by domestic
abuse etc. There are lots of reasons why people go to the food bank and
unemployment can hit anyone. Casting stones is not fair unless you know
how hard it can be to have no support and a victim of bullying.
There but for the grace of god and all of that. Too many Dads leaving their families to fend for themselves, mental health problems caused by domestic abuse etc. There are lots of reasons why people go to the food bank and unemployment can hit anyone. Casting stones is not fair unless you know how hard it can be to have no support and a victim of bullying. guisselle
  • Score: 10

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