Excellent piece detailing the oft-forgotten consequences of this government’s agenda. To me, it is a fairly simple notion that in one of the richest countries on the planet so many people shouldn’t be going hungry and there is no justification for it whatsoever. Evidently many people disagree with me……..

Birmingham Against The Cuts

The Trussell Trust, which runs 172 food banks around the UK, has reported a doubling in the number of people seeking its support to feed themselves and their families as benefit cuts, delays and sanctions, the recession, rising food prices and frozen wages hit poor people in the UK. Between April and September this year, nearly 14,000 people in the West Midlands visited a Trussell Trust food bank, and many more will have been to others, like the Gateway Family Services food bank in Edgbaston.
Such is the increase in demand that Birmingham Central Foodbank have launched a Harvest Campaign to encourage donations.

This comes alongside news from a survey by the Guardian Teacher Network that large numbers of pupils are coming into school hungry, with nearly a sixth of teachers saying they spend up to £25/month of their own money on basic foodstuffs for the students…

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. NJH
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 19:58:34

    I am one redundancy and three months away from needing to use these facilities myself. I am not actually in this situation but I could be – as could many others. And still no bankers charged, multinationals still avoiding their taxes, the mega-wealthy still not in it with the rest of us. How much are multinationals avaoiding in tax? If they paid up what they should, would we even be in this situation?


  2. treborc
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 09:40:57

    It’s the welfare state that caused the Banking crises we took money much needed to pay off the banking accident.

    Right now I’m going through my WCA medical, it looks like my paraplegia will not be enough for the ATOS Labour Tory governments.

    I’ve not e yet found a food bank in my area


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