Newly-elected Tory MP runs food bank app that charges charities £180 when they use it 

Miriam Cates: Profiting from poverty.

This is the great new nation that 14 million people voted for.

What a travesty.

Newly-elected Tory MP Miriam Cates makes her money running an app that ostensibly helps food banks.

Each local food bank must register individually – at a cost of £180 each.

I think we can conclude that this Tory won’t be doing anything to end the poverty crisis that her fellow MPs have created!

Source: Foodbank app run by newly elected Tory MP charges charities to use it | The Independent

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10 thoughts on “Newly-elected Tory MP runs food bank app that charges charities £180 when they use it 

  1. Carolyn Adams

    bloody hell ….pure greed and pure freaking evil, they are responsible for the existence, the sole cause of their being needed and then they charge to use wtf dirty stinking evil scummy rats they get lower and lower vile vile vile

    1. alan woodberry

      If you click on the link to to article it says at end of story that the Trussell trust which runs by far the largest network in Britain charges any food bank a joining fee of £1500 then £360 a year after .Whilst I agree that the Tories policies have undoubtedly led to a huge increase in the need for them . However , the huge increase is happening all over Europe .

      1. Mike Sivier Post author

        Would that be because governments across Europe are following the UK up an economic dead-end street? I think it might.

  2. Tony Lyttle

    Perhaps your readers would like to know the actuality of the situation – or maybe not. But here they are:

    Mrs Cates, who set up the app with husband Dave six years ago initially for the S6 Foodbank in Sheffield, said: “We developed the app for free, using our time, resources, staff and money and did not charge S6 Foodbank for its use. The commercial cost of an app like this would be tens of thousands of pounds – we developed it for free.”

    Mrs Cates said due to the success of the app, other foodbanks approached her and they put a JustGiving page into the app to allow donations to foodbanks.
    She said: “As a small business we did not have the resources to continue to develop the app for free so we had to charge foodbanks a small set up charge to allow us to continue to support and update the app.

    “However this fee works out at less than the monthly cost of a JustGiving subscription – something that the Foodbanks get for free using our app. Foodbanks also saw their financial donations increase directly as a result of the app.
    “This app cost us – and continues to cost us – thousands of pounds to develop and support, far more than we will ever reclaim. We created it because we saw a need and wanted to help.

    “It is very disappointing – but sadly not surprising – that it appears Momentum and the Labour Party want to attack and try to smear a small business for using our time, talent and resources to help a charity. It is sad that instead of recognising the good that this app has done, and how much it has cost us to produce, my opponents want to twist this good news story into something that they think will give them political advantage.” The Yorkshire Post.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      People who work for charities give their time and efforts for free.

      If this person really wanted to help food bank charities, she would have done the same.

      I do not believe her mealy-mouthed justifications.

      1. Tony Lyttle

        Well, fortunately for all the food banks who have seen their income rising through her efforts, your belief isn’t required.

  3. Rik

    I think you’ll always find a greedy fat-cat CEO in many (not all) so-called charity businesses making a small fortune on us (the poor) and yes I frequent charity shops quite often I’m not afraid to admit it… lol my kids roll their eyeballs at the thought of it..

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