Hunger question

Hunger question

Hunger question

First published in Letters by

I WRITE with regards to F Wyatt’s letter of June 17 on food banks and the comment that “recipients of this food had to do some honest community labour before receiving it they would appreciate it far more”.

What such a comment fails to realise is that people can only access food banks on referral, that there are limits on numbers of referrals and that many people accessing them are in low-paid employment.

Does F Wyatt want to see tens of thousand of children go hungry? Evidence shows that many low-paid families have used food banks as a lifeline.

The myths around food banks are many, just as they are around housing benefit – the majority in the UK is now paid to the private rented sector for those on low pay, not those who are unemployed.

When charity’s such as Oxfam raise concerns regarding the need for food banks in 21st century Britain, as a nation we should worry about the cause of the need not the provision of a lifeline.

Cllr Tracey Simpson-Laing, Deputy Leader, City of York Council.

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11:15am Wed 18 Jun 14

CHISSY1 says...

Live in the real world.There are people who can work the system,regardless of whether they are subject to a referral or not ,the same as some of those on benefits.
Live in the real world.There are people who can work the system,regardless of whether they are subject to a referral or not ,the same as some of those on benefits. CHISSY1
  • Score: -35

2:52pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Jonothon says...

CHISSY1 wrote:
Live in the real world.There are people who can work the system,regardless of whether they are subject to a referral or not ,the same as some of those on benefits.
Usual Chissy. Sour opinions of people, and not solitary link to a factual source endorsing his misanthropic allegations.

Remember Ebenezer Scrooge, Chissy?
People did not like him until he learned some humanity. There's a lesson there.
[quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: Live in the real world.There are people who can work the system,regardless of whether they are subject to a referral or not ,the same as some of those on benefits.[/p][/quote]Usual Chissy. Sour opinions of people, and not solitary link to a factual source endorsing his misanthropic allegations. Remember Ebenezer Scrooge, Chissy? People did not like him until he learned some humanity. There's a lesson there. Jonothon
  • Score: -7

3:30pm Wed 18 Jun 14

CHISSY1 says...

So have you been brainwashed into believing that everyone on benefits and everyone using these food banks are needy?.I said there are people,i know where they live and their names and they have been reported.But as i have said the scum know how to work the system.
So have you been brainwashed into believing that everyone on benefits and everyone using these food banks are needy?.I said there are people,i know where they live and their names and they have been reported.But as i have said the scum know how to work the system. CHISSY1
  • Score: -5

8:06pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Jonothon says...

CHISSY1 wrote:
So have you been brainwashed into believing that everyone on benefits and everyone using these food banks are needy?.I said there are people,i know where they live and their names and they have been reported.But as i have said the scum know how to work the system.
Yes, I remember when you said on another thread that you had reported some "scum" who lived near you for benefit fraud. Nobody would listen to you.
Did the penny not drop? You were wrong, and even if you had not been, the offensive language you use about people would have highlighted it as crank mail and it would have been filed in the waste bin.

Get out more, smile, be nice, think well of others. You'll feel so much better
[quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: So have you been brainwashed into believing that everyone on benefits and everyone using these food banks are needy?.I said there are people,i know where they live and their names and they have been reported.But as i have said the scum know how to work the system.[/p][/quote]Yes, I remember when you said on another thread that you had reported some "scum" who lived near you for benefit fraud. Nobody would listen to you. Did the penny not drop? You were wrong, and even if you had not been, the offensive language you use about people would have highlighted it as crank mail and it would have been filed in the waste bin. Get out more, smile, be nice, think well of others. You'll feel so much better Jonothon
  • Score: 7

3:11am Thu 19 Jun 14

Magicman! says...

Simple fact is most likely this: F Wyatt will be either a Tory supporter and/or a reader of the Daily Wail or The Scum, and will be too narrow-minded to realise they are being fed propoganda. The old "give them community service so they work for their food/benefits" line has been rattled off many many times before, and all from the same class of people - namely those who have never experienced having to rely on state help and are too dumb to realise there are people out there who have no other option but to ask for help... and to force those people who have asked for help into what is essentially slave labour is barbaric.
Simple fact is most likely this: F Wyatt will be either a Tory supporter and/or a reader of the Daily Wail or The Scum, and will be too narrow-minded to realise they are being fed propoganda. The old "give them community service so they work for their food/benefits" line has been rattled off many many times before, and all from the same class of people - namely those who have never experienced having to rely on state help and are too dumb to realise there are people out there who have no other option but to ask for help... and to force those people who have asked for help into what is essentially slave labour is barbaric. Magicman!
  • Score: 3

10:45am Thu 19 Jun 14

The Great Buda says...

Meanwhile poverty in the UK has now doubled over what it was 30 years ago.

We're all supposed to be in it together, wern't we?
Meanwhile poverty in the UK has now doubled over what it was 30 years ago. We're all supposed to be in it together, wern't we? The Great Buda
  • Score: 1

1:32pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

CHISSY1 wrote:
So have you been brainwashed into believing that everyone on benefits and everyone using these food banks are needy?.I said there are people,i know where they live and their names and they have been reported.But as i have said the scum know how to work the system.
Letting propaganda and prejudice blind you to the real world makes you less than human.
Calling the subject of the discussion "scum" clearly shows you're too hysterical to offer sound, concise arguments or opinion.

I'd have a thousand benefit scroungers over one disgusting CHISSY1
[quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: So have you been brainwashed into believing that everyone on benefits and everyone using these food banks are needy?.I said there are people,i know where they live and their names and they have been reported.But as i have said the scum know how to work the system.[/p][/quote]Letting propaganda and prejudice blind you to the real world makes you less than human. Calling the subject of the discussion "scum" clearly shows you're too hysterical to offer sound, concise arguments or opinion. I'd have a thousand benefit scroungers over one disgusting CHISSY1 Buzzz Light-year
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10:56pm Thu 19 Jun 14

bravo whisky says...

Yes Ms Simpson , thirteen tears of labour government, not a mis-spelling, have brought the country to this state. It will take many more years for this Con -dem lot to right it.
Yes Ms Simpson , thirteen tears of labour government, not a mis-spelling, have brought the country to this state. It will take many more years for this Con -dem lot to right it. bravo whisky
  • Score: 0

8:26am Fri 20 Jun 14

Thecynic says...

bravo whisky wrote:
Yes Ms Simpson , thirteen tears of labour government, not a mis-spelling, have brought the country to this state. It will take many more years for this Con -dem lot to right it.
Just exactly what are the Con-Dems putting right? They've been in power for almost 5 Years now and what state are we in?
Thousands of people haven't been able to get a passport in time for their holidays, the NHS is almost on it's knees with talk of having to close certain services down, the Countries roads are in a much worse state than they were 5 years ago, jails are at bursting point with criminals escaping and being on the loose for years without the public being informed, foodbanks which were virtually unheard of 5 years ago are now commonplace, education standards have dropped markedly, town and city centres are littered with empty shops, the number of people waiting for a home is the worst ever.
The list goes on and on, but on top of all that. The Con-Dems have spent so much money in the past five Years that this Country's debt has doubled!!! They inherited a debt of £700 billion after Labour had been in power for 13 Years, however just five years later, the Country's debt is now approaching £1.4 Trillion. Con-Dems, (despite austerity cuts) have still managed to borrow and spend, as much in their five Year term as Labour did in their thirteen Year term!!!
Still convinced the Con-Dems are going to put things right? I wouldn't be going to the bookies with your money to bet on that if I were you.
[quote][p][bold]bravo whisky[/bold] wrote: Yes Ms Simpson , thirteen tears of labour government, not a mis-spelling, have brought the country to this state. It will take many more years for this Con -dem lot to right it.[/p][/quote]Just exactly what are the Con-Dems putting right? They've been in power for almost 5 Years now and what state are we in? Thousands of people haven't been able to get a passport in time for their holidays, the NHS is almost on it's knees with talk of having to close certain services down, the Countries roads are in a much worse state than they were 5 years ago, jails are at bursting point with criminals escaping and being on the loose for years without the public being informed, foodbanks which were virtually unheard of 5 years ago are now commonplace, education standards have dropped markedly, town and city centres are littered with empty shops, the number of people waiting for a home is the worst ever. The list goes on and on, but on top of all that. The Con-Dems have spent so much money in the past five Years that this Country's debt has doubled!!! They inherited a debt of £700 billion after Labour had been in power for 13 Years, however just five years later, the Country's debt is now approaching £1.4 Trillion. Con-Dems, (despite austerity cuts) have still managed to borrow and spend, as much in their five Year term as Labour did in their thirteen Year term!!! Still convinced the Con-Dems are going to put things right? I wouldn't be going to the bookies with your money to bet on that if I were you. Thecynic
  • Score: 1

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