Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green is challenged over food banks

Steve Rotheram MP in the warehouse [Image: Liverpool Echo].

Steve Rotheram MP in the warehouse [Image: Liverpool Echo].

Bravo to Steve Rotheram for offering Damian Green another opportunity to prove how utterly, utterly diabolical he is.

In fact, judging from Mr Green’s current project – to convince the long-term sick and disabled that they aren’t actually as incapacitated as they think and going back to work will make them feel better anyway – it’s fairly easy to work out his response on food banks.

He’ll say people who can’t afford food don’t need it and it will be better for everyone if they don’t attend food banks. Think about it.

Walton MP Steve Rotheram has called on the government to outline their plans for tackling the number of families relying on foodbanks.

Mr Rotheram wrote to the Secretary for State for Work and Pensions – MP Damian Green – following the news that over 2,600 families needed an emergency food parcel in north Liverpool from April to September.

Source: MP Steve Rotheram calls on government to outline steps to tackle foodbank use

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11 thoughts on “Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green is challenged over food banks

  1. Samuel Miller (@Hephaestus7)

    As welfare states have been restructured and cut back and basic entitlements have been denied, food banks have become secondary extensions of weakened social safety nets. The rise and soaring use of food banks in Britain are concrete evidence both of the breakdown of the social safety net and the commodification of social assistance. As such, they undermine the state’s obligation, as ratified in international conventions, to respect, protect and fulfill the human right to food. They enabled the Cameron—and now May—government to look the other way and neglect food poverty and nutritional health and well–being.

    My tweet to The Trussell Trust is of possible interest:

  2. shaun

    Mike, from what I gather, he’s trying to get people to work who know they’re too ill to work & classed as so by the DWP’s testers at Maximus I’m not sure whether the likes of Minister Green are deluded idiots or just plain sadistic bar-stewards. I suspect the latter, but how can you tell with such consummate liars.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      The latter, in my opinion.
      They are planning to change the criteria for awarding benefits in order to save money – in the full knowledge that the claimants’ circumstances have not changed.

  3. jeffrey davies

    oh dear not quite the finishing touches to their aktion t4 plans but keeping one hungry will do the trick nicely

  4. Peter Hook

    This man needs to look again. I want to work. This Government has put me in debt to the grand sum of £2000. Became unemployed on July the 21st. As of this present moment I have received £279 from Government and no rent paid. The only time I eat is when food bank gives me parcel. And to be honest, the food is just about edible.
    I want to work, but this Government has put me in poverty, went a month with no food, just had water to drink. This Government has made me physically and mentally ill, and before long they will make me homeless. My job, oh! I do supply teaching, of which I cannot do at the moment because of poor health, poverty, and starvation, all caused by this Government. I want to work, but now I need to get well first. If I could take this Government to court, I would, their treatment towards me is in human.

  5. mohandeer

    Back in the 1950’s my mum would cook porridge every morning, dad would be out looking for work, we had home made bread with black bananas to go to bed with at tea time. There were no jobs and no money, but then things got better and we moved three hundred miles south when dad found work. It was like two different worlds for us. Sixty years later and the country is back where it started – that is what right wing government has done to this country, we have regressed and devolved so far, it’s taken us full circle with very little to do with global recession and everything to do with take whatever you can while it’s there and to hell with everyone else – namely the politicians we pay to screw us over.

    1. shaunt

      Yes mohandeer, and it seems to me its part of plan, not a consequence of the financial collapse of 2008, but something that they would implement even if Britain was the most wealthy nation in the world – as opposed to the 5/6th. My guess is that, as with the NHS, the aim is to drive people into the hands of the insurance industry, irrespective of how expensive, inefficient and inequitable that would be.

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