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To think Edwina Currie should do a few stints in a Food Bank...

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Misspixietrix Wed 29-Jan-14 10:04:01

...to realise how ignorant her comments are? Just been reading the Morning Paper in which she is quoted to say Food Banks are the reason shops are closing hmm. I can't link as using the phone to MN. At one it says "The ex-MP said many who rely on Food Banks are 'not poor' and have 'substantial benefits' to live on". I'm a volunteer for the Trussell Trust. To say this comment stinks of ignorance would be an understatement.

KayHarker1 Wed 29-Jan-14 16:01:58

HopALongOn, have some thanks. Glum day or not, you're doing a great job.

Misspixietrix Wed 29-Jan-14 16:07:11

Wet I'm out at the minute but I'm happy to respond to it with sensible reasons as to why commenting on the fact that literacy lessons and driving lessons are good long term ideas to help people more employable. It doesnt fix the immediate problem that some clients come in with. Also as already has been stated. It's not mostly benefit claimants that use food banks. How do you propose fixing the problem of a family man of 4 going from 40hrs a week contract to 8 for a zero hour contract and not having two pennies to rub together. How do we stop his boss from doing this to him again? Especially when given the contract hours he most probably won't be entitled to any in work benefits as he isn't working enough hours. This is the bonkers problems we see occurring at the minute.

SanctiMoanyArse Wed 29-Jan-14 16:09:53

Literacy is fab, it won't address the very real fact that there are fewer jobs than applicants and many unemployed people are highly qualified in this market, but literacy is always a positive action plan.

It's not going to feed a hungry five year old though. Or his parents. And hungry people don't learn well, so you'd just be adding to the problem hugely by shifting all funding across from food to education. There are places for both.

Misspixietrix Wed 29-Jan-14 16:16:29

Indeed sancti

Misspixietrix Wed 29-Jan-14 20:11:49

I can't quite get over the shy brazenness of the lies half truths they keep spinning. If there's that many more people in work than ever before why are we seeing more and more clients every week? And if theyre doing such a good job of the economy and a living wage. WhY are we needing more food banks?

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