[Image: Ellie Foreman-Peck].

Incredible.

Less than a week ago, Philip Hammond decided to starve the NHS of most of the cash it needs – the service got £1.6 billion out of the £4bn requested – while giving bankers £4.4 billion in tax cuts.

Yesterday we discovered that working-age benefits are being frozen until 2020. And, of course, benefit claimants continue to be treated like dirt by Department for Work and Pensions “advisors” and have to wait weeks for new claims to be processed.

Now, this has happened:

The note in the image says: “I came to the Foodbank today because… my benefits were stopped after coming out of hospital. I have had to reapply for benefits. I didn’t receive the letter informing me that my benefits were stopping as it was sent to the wrong address. I won’t get any money for six weeks. I was in hospital having a tumour removed so my immune system is very low. I now have a chest infection and not having food to eat is affecting my health.”

This is Tory Britain.

If you’re a rich banker you can have all the cash you want.

If you’re too sick to work and need benefits to survive, you can get to a food bank – or die of sickness or starvation.


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