For the past week I have had £31 to spend on food. Supermarket basics-range cornflakes and coffee have been my breakfast, home-made ham sandwiches my lunch, and for dinner I have been living off a big chilli I made early in the week, and buying frozen pizzas.
A Tory councillor who caused outrage with his claims on poverty is to visit a food bank “to see how they work”. Chris Steward, who works as a stockbroker, said that there was no real poverty in the UK and that food banks gave scroungers more money to spend on fags ‘n’ booze
Tisme's Page's insight:
Wow. Good for him, well at least he will get to see the reality - here's hoping it will open his eyes.
They cheered, they guffawed, they mocked. Picture the scene, and don't forget it as the next two and a half years of Cameron's Britain drag on: a smug pack of over-paid Tory MPs – some worth millions – sniggering as they prepared to slash the incomes of Britain's already struggling poor. Labour's Lisa Nandy and Ian Mearns pleaded with them in the Chamber, vainly, to stop laughing. Not since 1931 has a Government attempted to deliberately, consciously reduce the incomes of the poor.
Experts warned yesterday that new welfare cuts that threaten to plunge more children into poverty, slash support for Britain's working poor and lock the unemployed out of jobs are based on "bogus claims."
The government’s programme of austerity and the transformation of the welfare state, which defines their response, is to become a harsh reality in April 2013 when a range of different reforms come into force.
Britain's poorest households will be hit hardest by government plans to limit rises in working-age benefits to 1% in a bid to save £3.1bn by 2016, according to a Whitehall assessment rushed out shortly before MPs debated a controversial welfare bill.
A Tory councillor's comments have been condemned as "disgraceful" after he claimed food banks "merely enable those who can't budget" and allowed people to "spend more money on alcohol and cigarettes." Conservative councillor for York Chris Steward...