Inquiry into food poverty

Inquiry into food poverty

Inquiry into food poverty

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AN inquiry into hunger in Britain that will look at why there has been a surge in the use of foodbanks was launched in Salisbury on Friday.

The inquiry, launched by a cross-party group of MPs, saw John Glen MP visit Alabare Place drop-in centre, available to anyone of the age of 16 who is homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The charity provides shelter, hot food, drinks and advice, and also offers referrals to the Salisbury foodbank.

Mr Glen went along with Frank Field, member of Parliament for Birkenhead, who is the co-chairman of the inquiry.

They then visited the Trussell Trust foodbank at Elim Church before an evidence session with Bishop Nicholas Holtam, Colin Brady, social justice programme manager for the Diocese of Salisbury, Wiltshire councillor Dick Tonge, cabinet member for finance, risk and welfare reform, and Wiltshire Citizens Advice Bureau.

The day finished with a further evidence session with food aid providers, charities and their clients.

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3:11am Wed 11 Jun 14

karlmarx says...

I have lost count of the multitude of social care agencies, charities, research organisations, politicians, religious leaders etc... Who have warned this government that their 'austerity measures', aimed exclusively at the weak and vulnerable in our society, are responsible for the soaring need for free food hand-outs in the United Kingdom in the 21st century. This is unheard of in modern history and resembles something from the dark ages.
As Hugo Chavez, the late president of the thorn in the side of America, Venezuela once said...

"History will judge societies and governments- and their institutions- not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless"

And, on that basis I am afraid that the United Kingdom has failed the poor and the helpless and, the unprecedented rise in the need for food banks is a tiny part of the evidence which proves this to be the truth.
I have lost count of the multitude of social care agencies, charities, research organisations, politicians, religious leaders etc... Who have warned this government that their 'austerity measures', aimed exclusively at the weak and vulnerable in our society, are responsible for the soaring need for free food hand-outs in the United Kingdom in the 21st century. This is unheard of in modern history and resembles something from the dark ages. As Hugo Chavez, the late president of the thorn in the side of America, Venezuela once said... "History will judge societies and governments- and their institutions- not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless" And, on that basis I am afraid that the United Kingdom has failed the poor and the helpless and, the unprecedented rise in the need for food banks is a tiny part of the evidence which proves this to be the truth. karlmarx
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10:49am Wed 11 Jun 14

Grampie says...

I think that Mr Glen is embarrassed at the actions that his beloved government are doing to people.

No doubt he will spin it as all Labour's fault. Frank Field is a Tory despite sitting on the Labour benches.
I think that Mr Glen is embarrassed at the actions that his beloved government are doing to people. No doubt he will spin it as all Labour's fault. Frank Field is a Tory despite sitting on the Labour benches. Grampie
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11:08am Thu 12 Jun 14

karlmarx says...

11th June 2014

Evil beyond the realms of a civilised society

Trussell Trust told ‘the government might try to shut you down'

The chair of the Trussell Trust has said that the charity made a decision to tone down its criticisms of the benefit system after someone in power warned them that they could get shut down.

Chris Mould, chair of the Trussell Trust, was giving evidence to the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector yesterday when he said that the charity, which aims to tackle poverty, had been criticised by the government for raising awareness of the need for food banks.

He said that he had seen several examples of how “people in power do pretty inappropriate things at times to try and curb and curtail independence of a voluntary organisation when it proves to be inconvenient to them”.

Mould, who made it clear that the charity was not a campaigning organisation, told the panel that most of these examples had arisen in private conversations with those in power.
'Government might try to shut you down'
He said that in a face-to-face conversation in March 2013 with "someone in power", he was told that he must think more carefully otherwise “the government might try to shut you down”.

Mould said: “This was spoken in anger, but is the kind of dialogue that can occur. It exposes the way people think in the political world about their relationship with the voluntary sector when things are getting difficult. What can we do?”

I'm sure the right honourable local MP will have something to say about this latest assault on the Trussell Trust. We haven't quite got to the stage yet in this country where you are not allowed to speak up for the poor or criticise those who attack them, I think.
11th June 2014 Evil beyond the realms of a civilised society Trussell Trust told ‘the government might try to shut you down' The chair of the Trussell Trust has said that the charity made a decision to tone down its criticisms of the benefit system after someone in power warned them that they could get shut down. Chris Mould, chair of the Trussell Trust, was giving evidence to the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector yesterday when he said that the charity, which aims to tackle poverty, had been criticised by the government for raising awareness of the need for food banks. He said that he had seen several examples of how “people in power do pretty inappropriate things at times to try and curb and curtail independence of a voluntary organisation when it proves to be inconvenient to them”. Mould, who made it clear that the charity was not a campaigning organisation, told the panel that most of these examples had arisen in private conversations with those in power. 'Government might try to shut you down' He said that in a face-to-face conversation in March 2013 with "someone in power", he was told that he must think more carefully otherwise “the government might try to shut you down”. Mould said: “This was spoken in anger, but is the kind of dialogue that can occur. It exposes the way people think in the political world about their relationship with the voluntary sector when things are getting difficult. What can we do?” I'm sure the right honourable local MP will have something to say about this latest assault on the Trussell Trust. We haven't quite got to the stage yet in this country where you are not allowed to speak up for the poor or criticise those who attack them, I think. karlmarx
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3:55am Sat 14 Jun 14

karlmarx says...

The Tory campaign against those who need the support of charities like the Trussell Trust gathers momentum with this weeks attacks...

The Independent
Saturday 14th June 2014

Trussel Trust row: Food-bank vouchers ‘altered after closure threat was made’
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) made changes to the way in which impoverished benefit claimants were referred to food banks just a month after threats were allegedly made to “shut down” Britain’s main provider of the service.

HERE IS THE IMPORTANT BIT, THE EVIDENCE

Just a month later, the DWP alterations to food-bank vouchers issued by jobcentres made it impossible to link referrals with problems in the benefits system. Previously, the form enabled groups such as the Trussell Trust to discover why the person had been referred under three categories: benefit delay, benefit change, or refusal of crisis loan.

This attempt to remove the evidence from the statistics really does display the depths of depravity to which this government will sink to deny the truth.
The Tory campaign against those who need the support of charities like the Trussell Trust gathers momentum with this weeks attacks... The Independent Saturday 14th June 2014 Trussel Trust row: Food-bank vouchers ‘altered after closure threat was made’ The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) made changes to the way in which impoverished benefit claimants were referred to food banks just a month after threats were allegedly made to “shut down” Britain’s main provider of the service. HERE IS THE IMPORTANT BIT, THE EVIDENCE Just a month later, the DWP alterations to food-bank vouchers issued by jobcentres made it impossible to link referrals with problems in the benefits system. Previously, the form enabled groups such as the Trussell Trust to discover why the person had been referred under three categories: benefit delay, benefit change, or refusal of crisis loan. This attempt to remove the evidence from the statistics really does display the depths of depravity to which this government will sink to deny the truth. karlmarx
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1:52pm Sat 14 Jun 14

karlmarx says...

How much evidence do people need?
And, when this evidence is researched and published, why then are the organisations and charities that supply the evidence then vilified and demonised as being politically motivated left-wingers? Surely the 'left-wing' don't have a monopoly on care and compassion. Let's see the latest Tory response to the evidence of food poverty here in the UK, this time it is Oxfam who are being demonised...

"New research by Oxfam has revealed the extent of poverty amongst British children, with poor families taking drastic measures to survive. What kind of government is concerned only about stifling critical discussion of its policies, and not about the plight of the citizens it is meant to serve? This is a government that attempts to invalidate the accounts of people’s experience of the suffering that is directly caused by this government. By blaming the victims and by trying to discredit anyone that champions the rights of the vulnerable."

The Tory response to Oxfam?

A certain Tory MPs response...

 “With this Tweet they have shown their true colours and are now nothing more than a mouthpiece for left wing propaganda.”

A disgraceful slur on what is and always has been a completely unbiased and fair charity which does an enormous amount of work for the less well off and those in need. I would not consider Oxfam to be a 'mouthpiece for left wing propaganda' but, more of a helping hand for the needy.

And the moral of this story? If you don't like the truth then don't shoot the messenger, the truth still remains.
How much evidence do people need? And, when this evidence is researched and published, why then are the organisations and charities that supply the evidence then vilified and demonised as being politically motivated left-wingers? Surely the 'left-wing' don't have a monopoly on care and compassion. Let's see the latest Tory response to the evidence of food poverty here in the UK, this time it is Oxfam who are being demonised... "New research by Oxfam has revealed the extent of poverty amongst British children, with poor families taking drastic measures to survive. What kind of government is concerned only about stifling critical discussion of its policies, and not about the plight of the citizens it is meant to serve? This is a government that attempts to invalidate the accounts of people’s experience of the suffering that is directly caused by this government. By blaming the victims and by trying to discredit anyone that champions the rights of the vulnerable." The Tory response to Oxfam? A certain Tory MPs response...  “With this Tweet they have shown their true colours and are now nothing more than a mouthpiece for left wing propaganda.” A disgraceful slur on what is and always has been a completely unbiased and fair charity which does an enormous amount of work for the less well off and those in need. I would not consider Oxfam to be a 'mouthpiece for left wing propaganda' but, more of a helping hand for the needy. And the moral of this story? If you don't like the truth then don't shoot the messenger, the truth still remains. karlmarx
  • Score: -7

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