/ Food Banks
Thats not the impression the press give
I know people who use them.
I read an article in the news on this topic too. It was about a man who was having to depend on food banks...previously he had driven an exclusive car, owned a rolex and worn armani and versace suits. Maybe if he had saved a bit more of his money in the good times he wouldn't have been reliant on the food banks now...I found it very hard to feel pity for him!!!
> Thats not the impression the press give
That wasn't what I had in mind, it's more that the demographics which UKCers come from was, in how well they're doing now even if some might come from humble backgrounds.
I could easily be wrong though...
They can afford to smike and drink and buy weed but they cant afford food for the kids.
If people are being irresponsible and spending money meant for their kids food on fags/booze/drugs and regularly relying on food banks then that's not doing anyone any favours. TBH in that situation my boss would have been ringing social services.
yes, I know two that have said they've used them.
One of them was let down on a contract job, the other does two or more days voluntary work outside of childcare responsibilities.
Look at the Trussell Trust or Fareshare for more info.
Not in my social circle, but I volunteer at the citizens advice bureau and we give out food bank vouchers all the time. Usually it is to cover someone for the gap between wages ending for whatever reason and Jobseeker's Allowance / sickness benefits being approved and paid. Or benefits or tax credits getting randomly stopped for some other reason. If you swap from one kind of benefit to another or move house then lots of related benefits like housing benefit will stop and can take a while to restart. Also people can be in debt and working to save the amount needed to enable them to deal with the debt, or paid out everything on a housing rental deposit and not got the old deposit back yet. Our local food bank will only give food out a maximum of three times so those who have a longer term problem with not making ends meet will have to find another solution.
> I'm pleased i'm turning out to be wrong.
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