Backlash against Sunak’s ‘meal deal’ voucher scheme that ignores people in genuine need

Members of the public are speaking out against Rishi Sunak’s offer of vouchers supporting half the price of eating out – pointing out that people need to be able to afford the other half of the cost before they can use it at all. It’s an upper-middle-class jolly that won’t help people who rely on food banks, or carers, or beleaguered NHS staff who Sunak’s own government is persecuting, they say – rightly. And they say the decision to offer meal vouchers was in very poor taste when Boris Johnson…

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How many people does the government owe because of Universal Credit payday prejudice?

Let’s answer the question in the headline straight away: it seems 85,000 people may be able to claim compensation because the government deliberately failed to stop people getting less Universal Credit if their payday comes early because of a weekend or bank holiday. Judges at the Court of Appeal have ruled that it was “irrational” for the Department for Work and Pensions – and the Secretary of State in particular – to ignore the fact that computer systems would assume that claimant had received double the money expected and cancel…

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Supermarket and superstar donate cash for coronavirus causes; Johnson remains a super-dud

Remember when B&M donated £1 million to food banks to bridge the supply gap caused by coronavirus? We all praised that company to the hilt. So let’s give at least as much praise to Morrisons for donating 10 times as much to food banks – in fresh food from its bakery, egg and fruit & vegetable packing sites. And the supermarket firm is also encouraging donations by converting its now-closed in-store cafes into donation hubs. And let’s also praise movie star James McAvoy, who has donated £275,000 of his own…

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B&M is donating £1million to UK food banks to fight coronavirus-related supply gap

This is wonderful news and B&M has set an excellent example for other businesses to follow. I hope they will. Food banks have been struggling as members of the public quit funding and donating to them in order to panic-buy goods in anticipation of the coronavirus crisis. Discount retailer B&M [has] announced a national £1 million donation to support UK food banks. Each one of its 670 stores will support a local foodbank with a £1,500 donation of food, cleaning and personal hygiene goods to reach struggling families. Source: B&M is…

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Coronavirus UK: Are the Tories deliberately trying to increase the hysteria?

Only one element unifies the constant babble about coronavirus from the UK’s Tory government at the moment: it is contradictory, confusing and seems designed to increase hysteria, rather than reduce it. For a start: what’s with the policy of drip-feeding information via individuals or single media sites, rather than broadcasting updates to everyone in regular press conferences and on the government website? Today we see Matt Hancock – behind a paywall – on the Torygraph website, contradicting the government’s announcement last week that the Tories would be seeking to establish ‘herd immunity’…

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Panic-buyers are starving food bank users of milk and other essentials

What is this modern fad of panic-buying all the time? The current phase – prompted by the coronavirus – could do more to starve the poor than years of Tory persecution. Panic-buying isn’t a new thing; every time there’s a bank holiday weekend, the shelves of This Writer’s local supermarkets empty as local residents stock up to avoid the hardships of a single extra day without a shop. I don’t get it. Just do a normal weekly shop and you’ll be fine. Worse still, as shelves are cleared of toilet rolls…

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Is Plymouth the first city to report widespread STARVATION due to Tory policies?

This report on Plymouth Live should be shocking – but is it? Some of us have lived with the consequences of Conservative government benefit deprivation for years, and have recorded many, many deaths arising from these cruel and unnecessary policies. Now the food bank at Plymouth is reporting widespread starvation throughout that city. The report states that more than a third of food voucher recipients there are children. And some are in work that does not pay enough for them to afford food after paying off other household bills – once…

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Universal Credit forces ‘sandwich at Christmas’ claimant to beg supermarkets for food

It took This Writer a while to understand this. Not only did the Department for Work and Pensions – through its function (you can’t call it a benefit) Universal Credit – penalise a woman who has had several strokes, including a rare spinal cord stroke resulting in lack of mobility which means she needs to use a wheelchair… Not only did it take so much away from Carol Brice of Bridgwater that her Christmas dinner was a sandwich… Not only was it pilloried by public opinion after this treatment became commonly-known……

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Johnson’s Britain: thugs think it’s okay to vandalise a food bank and force people to starve

This is where divide-and-conquer policies like those of Boris Johnson take us. He has taken a few leaves out of Adolf Hitler’s book, and it shows. By creating division between people, he both distracts them from the harm he is doing to them all and drums up support for at least some of that harm when he pretends to take a side. In fact, he doesn’t care about any of the antagonists he has created; he just wants to profit from the strife he has created. In the latest manifestation…

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Poverty, rough sleepers and food bank use ‘getting worse’ – but hey, it’s what the UK wanted

This sums up the state of the UK at the end of 2019: NEARLY a quarter of children in ‘wealthy’ South Lakeland are living in poverty while rough sleeping is also on the rise, a council meeting has heard. And there are fears that ‘social inequality’ could get worse across the area in 2020 with Universal Credit being extended and rents for housing association tenants set to rise for the first time in five years, councillors were told. This Christmas, some people in Kendal are having to make the choice…

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