SIX thousand people in York and North Yorkshire have needed help from food banks in the past year (The Press, June 9).

This coalition Government is really taking this country back to the Victorian age.

Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, really doesn’t have a clue as to what damage he is going to individuals and families.

How can he when he has a salary of around £100,000 plus, and then expenses, secretaries, office expenses and Government paid-for chauffeur driven transport.

Isn’t it time that the Tories and the Lib Dems put their hands up and admitted they are ruining the most vulnerable in today’s society in Britain. God help us if we have more of this cruel punishment.

Go now is the call. At least the Lib Dems should do the honourable thing and pull out of the coalition and force the Tories out of office by causing an early General Election.

Come on Nick Clegg, get off your knees and step up to the plate. You never know, you might win back a few of your voters by being strong and not a lap dog.

Howard Perry, St James Place, Dringhouses, York.