Will he admit his guilt? Unlikely. He would probably shrug off any claims about Conservative policy and his DWP, saying he doesn’t recognise the assertions made about them.
But refusing to admit links between Tory policies and food banks doesn’t mean those links aren’t there.
It just means the Gentleman Ranker is a liar or a fool, or both.
Britain is no longer shocked about food poverty. Now, we just donate our tins with the weekly shop.
Food banks are becoming an institution through which the state gets to wash its hands of hunger, exactly as campaigners feared two years ago.
What is shameful is that for two years the government has wilfully chosen to ignore almost every poverty charity in the country.
Feeding Britain is currently the only single body thinking at government level about the scourge of food poverty. Its second excellent report released yesterday is full of more life-changing ideas. It calls for a network of “social supermarkets” selling cheap food, and to end levels of food waste the Archbishop described as “shocking”.
The authors’ idea of using part of a sugar tax to feed hungry children over the school holidays could make an immeasurable difference.
But there is a DWP-sized elephant in the room. “Our evidence suggests that the prompt delivery of benefit and tax credit payments in full, coupled with a fair and effective sanctions regime, would more than halve the numbers of people relying on emergency food parcels,” the report says.
In other words, the DWP has the power to halve food poverty immediately just by doing its job better.
Worse still, Iain Duncan Smith ’s new flagship Universal Credit actually BUILDS IN a shocking 42-day delay before families receive benefits. The last Feeding Britain report recommended the longest number of days a family could possibly stand is five.
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