This is yet another example of Tory breadline Britain.

‘Karen’ – not her real name – is a single mother-of-four, two of whom have autistic spectrum disorder – one more severely than the other.

She told the Liverpool Echo how she fell into a spiral of debt and depression because her income was not enough to cover the needs of her family.

According to the report, she:

  • Went without food for a week, to ensure that what little food she had went to her children
  • Was threatened with eviction as she struggled with rent and household bills
  • Told a social worker her cupboards were bare because she was waiting for a supermarket home delivery – as she couldn’t face admitting the truth
  • Made food a low priority because she was more concerned about keeping a roof over her children’s heads
  • Still struggles during the holiday periods – including Christmas – as she needs to buy more food than normal to feed her family throughout the day

And the holiday period is worse for her, because she feels peer pressure regarding Christmas presents and does not want her children to be bullied as a result of her poverty.

Perhaps some Tory minister or MP would care to explain to ‘Karen’ what she could have done to avoid this situation?

Let’s not have any pointless platitudes suggesting she should have been wiser in choosing her partner “and then you might not be in this situation”. We all know that some people don’t have the backbone to do the right thing, but we never know who they are until they do a runner.

Seriously, how was this woman supposed to make ends meet, when all the options available to her involve starvation?

Why should she have to rely on a food bank to avoid it?

What about the so-called ‘Victorian’ diseases associated with malnourishment? Should she just wait until they take hold on her family and then book herself into an already-overstretched NHS hospital, making matters worse for the public health system?

This is how Conservative policies affect real people. Now watch your Tory MPs stick their heads in the sand, rather than hear the facts about their activities.

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