Yet another example of the contempt this out-of-touch Government has for poor people was shown in Parliament when the Tory education minister Michael Gove suggested food bank users are often there due to mismanagement of household finances.
This followed welfare minister Iain Duncan Smith’s assertion that the number of food banks had only grown due to increased awareness and volunteers. What nonsense!
In fact, the number of people using food banks has increased to 500,000, up by 80 per cent in the past six months.
The people forced to use them are there as they simply do not have a choice.
They are being pushed to the edge by a Government failing those on low incomes.
Since the new welfare changes were brought in, many people have seen their incomes reduced by as much as 10 per cent.
These include people who have had their benefits stopped, cut or are experiencing delays in receiving them.
This at a time when household energy bills alone have gone up by £300 a year.
While the Tories like to label welfare claimants as ‘shirkers’ to shift the blame on the poor so they can look after their ‘striving’ rich pals, it should be remembered the majority of benefit claimants are in work.
The reason they are on benefits is they are working long hours for low wages, working part-time but desperate to get longer hours or working the ‘zero-hour’ contracts.
Families forced to use food banks should not be stigmatized by rich Tory ministers, who should be ashamed of themselves.
It is wrong to make scapegoats out of benefit claimants merely because they weren’t born with the same chances as that privileged lot.
We are one of the richest countries in the world and it’s about time those riches were shared fairly!