ARGUS COMMENT: The scandal of food banks

ARGUS COMMENT: The scandal of food banks

ARGUS COMMENT: The scandal of food banks

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THE number of food banks continues to increase across the country.

They meet a growing need and those who run them and donate to them are to be commended.

But the fact that almost 16,500 Gwent people needed to use a food bank during 2013 is not a success story.

It is a scandal.

This is not Victorian Britain, a divided nation of workhouses and palaces.

This is Britain in the 21st century, one of the richest and most advanced nations on earth.

And yet tens of thousand of people on our door steps are using food banks because they cannot afford the feed their families.

There will be those who criticise the whole notion of food banks; who believe there is no such thing as true poverty in Britain.

And there may be people out there who play the system, taking handouts whether they need them or not.

But there are not 16,500 of them in Gwent.

The relentless demonisation of the recipients of benefits in this country in recent years, and some of a host of reforms to the benefits system, have left some people in genuine financial hardship.

The fact that some families in modern Britain rely on food banks should be a badge of shame for this nation - and it should be worn most prominently by those who put political dogma before people.

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9:42am Wed 16 Apr 14

Bobevans says...

If you set up shops to provide free food then demand will keep growing. If there were proper validation of usage of them then demand in Gwent would fall to very small numbers.
If you set up shops to provide free food then demand will keep growing. If there were proper validation of usage of them then demand in Gwent would fall to very small numbers. Bobevans
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10:12am Wed 16 Apr 14

BassalegCountyFan says...

Bobevans wrote:
If you set up shops to provide free food then demand will keep growing. If there were proper validation of usage of them then demand in Gwent would fall to very small numbers.
Don't buy into Edwina Currie's propaganda Bob. There already is a strict referral system in place and people don't just turn up to get free food because they feel like it.

The Argus is quite right - the rise of food banks is a national disgrace and the current tory-led government need to acknowledge the problem rather than brushing it under the carpet as Ian Duncan-Smith keeps doing.
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: If you set up shops to provide free food then demand will keep growing. If there were proper validation of usage of them then demand in Gwent would fall to very small numbers.[/p][/quote]Don't buy into Edwina Currie's propaganda Bob. There already is a strict referral system in place and people don't just turn up to get free food because they feel like it. The Argus is quite right - the rise of food banks is a national disgrace and the current tory-led government need to acknowledge the problem rather than brushing it under the carpet as Ian Duncan-Smith keeps doing. BassalegCountyFan
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10:34am Wed 16 Apr 14

Bobevans says...

BassalegCountyFan wrote:
Bobevans wrote:
If you set up shops to provide free food then demand will keep growing. If there were proper validation of usage of them then demand in Gwent would fall to very small numbers.
Don't buy into Edwina Currie's propaganda Bob. There already is a strict referral system in place and people don't just turn up to get free food because they feel like it.

The Argus is quite right - the rise of food banks is a national disgrace and the current tory-led government need to acknowledge the problem rather than brushing it under the carpet as Ian Duncan-Smith keeps doing.
I have looked into it and there is no proper referral system in place. There is also a healthy trade in stolen and forged vouchers
[quote][p][bold]BassalegCountyFan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: If you set up shops to provide free food then demand will keep growing. If there were proper validation of usage of them then demand in Gwent would fall to very small numbers.[/p][/quote]Don't buy into Edwina Currie's propaganda Bob. There already is a strict referral system in place and people don't just turn up to get free food because they feel like it. The Argus is quite right - the rise of food banks is a national disgrace and the current tory-led government need to acknowledge the problem rather than brushing it under the carpet as Ian Duncan-Smith keeps doing.[/p][/quote]I have looked into it and there is no proper referral system in place. There is also a healthy trade in stolen and forged vouchers Bobevans
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10:35am Wed 16 Apr 14

DDDog1 says...

If the government didn't let all these immigrants into the country then there would be enough decent paying jobs out there,the last batch can be found at any dole office or doctors around the country .
If the government didn't let all these immigrants into the country then there would be enough decent paying jobs out there,the last batch can be found at any dole office or doctors around the country . DDDog1
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10:51am Wed 16 Apr 14

On the inside says...

Bobevans wrote:
BassalegCountyFan wrote:
Bobevans wrote:
If you set up shops to provide free food then demand will keep growing. If there were proper validation of usage of them then demand in Gwent would fall to very small numbers.
Don't buy into Edwina Currie's propaganda Bob. There already is a strict referral system in place and people don't just turn up to get free food because they feel like it.

The Argus is quite right - the rise of food banks is a national disgrace and the current tory-led government need to acknowledge the problem rather than brushing it under the carpet as Ian Duncan-Smith keeps doing.
I have looked into it and there is no proper referral system in place. There is also a healthy trade in stolen and forged vouchers
For the avoidance of doubt, you are lying. You cannot ever have visited a food bank or made any serious enquiries of those who operate them. It is only Tory apologists' like you who are who are spouting this rubbish because you hate poor people and believe it is all their own fault.
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BassalegCountyFan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: If you set up shops to provide free food then demand will keep growing. If there were proper validation of usage of them then demand in Gwent would fall to very small numbers.[/p][/quote]Don't buy into Edwina Currie's propaganda Bob. There already is a strict referral system in place and people don't just turn up to get free food because they feel like it. The Argus is quite right - the rise of food banks is a national disgrace and the current tory-led government need to acknowledge the problem rather than brushing it under the carpet as Ian Duncan-Smith keeps doing.[/p][/quote]I have looked into it and there is no proper referral system in place. There is also a healthy trade in stolen and forged vouchers[/p][/quote]For the avoidance of doubt, you are lying. You cannot ever have visited a food bank or made any serious enquiries of those who operate them. It is only Tory apologists' like you who are who are spouting this rubbish because you hate poor people and believe it is all their own fault. On the inside
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10:20am Thu 17 Apr 14

DDDog1 says...

DDDog1 wrote:
If the government didn't let all these immigrants into the country then there would be enough decent paying jobs out there,the last batch can be found at any dole office or doctors around the country .
Who ever is giving me a minus scoring obviously doesn't like the truth.
[quote][p][bold]DDDog1[/bold] wrote: If the government didn't let all these immigrants into the country then there would be enough decent paying jobs out there,the last batch can be found at any dole office or doctors around the country .[/p][/quote]Who ever is giving me a minus scoring obviously doesn't like the truth. DDDog1
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