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Police provide 128 meals for the hungry of Newcastle

cropped-foodbank.jpgHere’s a heart-warming story from Paul Timney on Facebook:

“Just been accosted by my local POLICE. !!! BUT, GOOD !! was walking past poliss station, (Newcastle) CID bloke (who I know ) says ” still helpin THE HUNGRY ? ….” my reply ; saying NOWT ! He sez ….. ” wa freezers f****d , got loads in ! ,” ….So I axed ” Like what ? ” he sez ” Breakfasts and Pie dinnas” Me, says, YES ! So went in (voluntarilly ) and came out wi 46 dinners and 82 Breakfasts ! All semi defrosted , use by date 2019 .Ma freezers full , so been on phone 2 local HELPS. ; ;people coming … .. I wud never of thort to ask at Police station 4 food. Thanx N.P.F. (Etal Lane)”

The use of language is a little inventive so for those having trouble, it seems the freezers at Etal Lane Police Station, in Newcastle, have broken.

They contained 82 breakfasts and 46 dinners which were thawing out.

So a member of Newcastle CID called out to Mr Timney, knowing he helps people who go hungry (due to any number of reasons, including poverty, no doubt) – possibly at a food bank, although I don’t know him well enough to say anything for certain – and offered him the food.

It’s an act of kindness that many may consider extraordinary, as it came from the police – and that is precisely why I thought it was worth flagging up.

Let’s hope other authority figures follow the example – or perhaps even try to overturn the legislation that has forced people to turn to food banks.

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DWP limbo: We ask Job Centres ‘How low will you go’?

It is as if staff at the Department for Work and Pensions were trying to commit vocational suicide, in pale emulation of the lengths to which they drive their ‘customers’.

Following on from yesterday’s article on the DWP’s sickening response to the latest Freedom of Information request on incapacity claimant deaths come two accounts of the heartlessness of the Department’s staff.

The first is from our old friend Pride’s Purge, and concerns a letter from the DWP to a woman who suffers with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer.

It states, in very poor English: “On whether you have contributed to your medical condition. We have now decided that you did contribute to your medical condition.”

This is physically impossible and DWP staff, who are not medically qualified, had no right to suggest otherwise. The lady’s boyfriend was so enraged by the incident that he posted the letter on Facebook and you can see it below.

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The second is from the Blue Annoyed blog, and runs as follows:

“A sick and disabled man attend[ed] Newcastle JCP to use the phones to make an enquiry when he was attacked by [a] G4S guard for using his mobile when they refused his request… The JCPs are now removing telephones.

“It is now policy that you are intimidated BY G4S security to turn off your mobiles after many used them to film maladministration of JCP staff.

“At the time of writing this blog a complaint has gone in to the manager of this JCP and the police have been informed.”

There’s more, but you should go to Blue Annoyed to read it.

It seems the gentleman involved had previously been made homeless, and his story had appeared in the New Statesman.

He made a video of the attack, using his mobile, which you can see here.

If anyone tells you that benefit claimants get what they deserve, show them this article.

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