A Tory Vote is a Vote For Poverty: Food Banks

A vote for the Tories is a vote for more Foodbanks.

Today in the sixth richest country thousands of people will go hungry, including children.

Why? The reason people are so desperate they need to go to food banks is as a result of poverty as a consequence of low pay and brutal cuts to benefits. Under the last seven years of Tory government the use of food banks has increased at an alarming rate. According to the The Trussell Trust the reasons for food bank referrals were benefit delays, low income and changes to benefits. Back in October research by Oxford University reported the following: “For every ten sanctions applied in each quarter of the year, on average five more adults would be referred to foodbanks in the area.”

Areas where Universal Credit with a six week waiting period has been introduced has seen double the use of food banks. School holidays leave 3 million children at risk of hunger  A report by a cross party group of MPs has cited “evidence of children existing on holiday diets of crisps, hungry youngsters unable to take part in a football tournament because “their bodies simply gave up”, and others surviving on stodgy, unhealthy diets “bought to fill hungry stomachs”.”The report said those at risk of hunger over the summer include more than 1 million children who receive free school meals during term time, and 2 million more with working parents who are still in poverty.”
Read More:
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/apr/24/school-holidays-leave-3-million-children-at-risk-of-hunger-report-says

Tracey had to use #foodbanks because her Universal Credit was delayed

The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 400 food banks, giving emergency food and support to people in crisis across the country. During the last year they gave 1,109,309 three day emergency food supplies to hungry people in the UK. Of this number, 436,938 went to children.

Here are the latest figures:
https://www.trusselltrust.org/2017/04/25/uk-foodbank-use-continues-rise/

The numbers of people who receive help with food could be higher as there are other food banks run by churches, faith groups and other charities.

Here are just three examples

Barnabas Centre Strewsbury:
http://www.barnabascommunityprojects.org/foodbank.html

Claremont Parish Church in the Glasgow area
http://www.claremontparishchurch.co.uk/connect/ek-community-food-bank/

This food bank in Greater Manchester supplies food for longer than three days in cases where this is required:
http://lchaimfoodbank.co.uk/index.php

Also the Salvation Army and the Red Cross provide food and other essentials.

It is important to note that the Trussell Trust  food banks supply only three days of emergency food, what happens to people who suffer chronic food shortage I have yet to find out though some of the other food banks may well supply food for a longer period.

Here are the real people, people who go without food when the supermarkets are stocked to access and food is thrown away.

Hunger is back in the UK , for the first time since the establishment of the welfare state larger numbers of ordinary people are turning to charity to provide food for themselves and their families. The next video was published in 2012, since than nothing has changed for the better, the situation is increasing worse with a continuing rise in poverty and hunger here in the UK and consequently the necessity of food banks.

Three and a half million parents go hungry so they can feed their children. One million people in our country are living is destitution. A mixture of welfare reform, high rents and poverty pay are forcing people to use food banks. Also according to the video below 2.2 million people were sanctioned back in 2015. Sanctions in some cases may be for long periods of times, as long as six months to three years!

The truth of the matter is Tory polices have driven people into dire poverty , if they are elected again for a further five years more and more people will suffer. If you vote conservative on June the 8th you will be condoning one of the greatest of social injustices, and that is taking from vulnerable people including children the right to have adequate food which is a basic human right. For people to go hungry, even starve in a rich country such as the UK were the shelves of thousands of supermarkets are crammed with food, a lot of which if not sold is thrown away, is a moral outrage.

A vote for the conservatives is a vote for poverty hunger and deprivation – June the 8th Vote Labour
https://www.thecanary.co/2017/04/25/woman-using-food-banks-breaks-live-tv-i-need-let-nation-know-like/

Related Links

Student nurse slams Theresa May’s ‘disgraceful’ food bank comments
https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/44519/Student+nurse+slams+Theresa+Mays+disgraceful+food+bank+comments

Food banks have tragically become a normal way of life as 3.8 MILLION UK workers live in poverty:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/food-banks-tragically-become-normal-9420952

Charity reveals staggering rise in foodbank referrals in Lincoln
http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2017/04/foodbank-charity-reveals-staggering-rise-in-foodbank-referrals-in-lincoln/

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