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2:21pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Dr Dave says...

Well all I can say is they must be earning too much as most of us can't keep up with our ever-rising cost of living. let alone save money for a rainy day!
Well all I can say is they must be earning too much as most of us can't keep up with our ever-rising cost of living. let alone save money for a rainy day! Dr Dave
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12:44pm Sun 20 Jul 14

SocialistParty...SomersetBranch says...

Another well 'researched' article from the Somerset Conservative Gazette.

In their haste to promote the twin myth of the Economic Recovery and capitalist prosperity for all, they 'forgot' to include so much as even one single detail of the evidence. They omitted to include their sources and origin of this so called 'survey'...

The brutal reality however is that more low paid workers and unemployed are increasingly using food banks and pay day loan-shark companies to try and plug the gap, as their money runs out days before they expect their next payment.

Nearly one million people are relying on food banks in Britain, up nearly 350,000 (163%) in the last year according to the anti-poverty charity, the Trussell Trust. The massive increase can be directly related to government cuts in benefits.




Yet the Department for Work and Pensions consistently pretends that "people are using food banks more because there are more food banks". This is possibly the most stupid piece of logic since it was estimated that if there were fewer firemen there would be fewer fires.

Those claiming Jobseeker's allowance (JSA) are increasingly facing payment delays and sanctions. Even the paltry sums provided have been under attack since October.

The minimum sanction has been raised from one to four weeks and benefits can now be cut for up to three years. JSA is basically a means of punishing the unemployed. Many desperate people are now being forced into the hands of loan sharks.

The work and pensions minister Iain Duncan Smith is at a loss to understand this. When he was unemployed he had the option of staying in daddy's mansion and having the servants bring him three meals a day. He certainly didn't need a food bank so neither do these people!

The rules for applying to use most food banks are quite strict. People have to be referred by a care professional such as a doctor and food aid is strictly limited.

Labour opposition?

Of course, the Labour opposition is going to do something about this.

Actually, no! Labour's shadow ministers have meekly agreed to continue with Tory spending cuts. All Labour is offering is 'more of the same'. Vocal opposition is coming from religious groups and charities who normally keep quiet about the Conservatives to avoid 'being political'.

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is alone in opposing all cuts.

www.tusc.org.uk
Another well 'researched' article from the Somerset Conservative Gazette. In their haste to promote the twin myth of the Economic Recovery and capitalist prosperity for all, they 'forgot' to include so much as even one single detail of the evidence. They omitted to include their sources and origin of this so called 'survey'... The brutal reality however is that more low paid workers and unemployed are increasingly using food banks and pay day loan-shark companies to try and plug the gap, as their money runs out days before they expect their next payment. Nearly one million people are relying on food banks in Britain, up nearly 350,000 (163%) in the last year according to the anti-poverty charity, the Trussell Trust. The massive increase can be directly related to government cuts in benefits. Yet the Department for Work and Pensions consistently pretends that "people are using food banks more because there are more food banks". This is possibly the most stupid piece of logic since it was estimated that if there were fewer firemen there would be fewer fires. Those claiming Jobseeker's allowance (JSA) are increasingly facing payment delays and sanctions. Even the paltry sums provided have been under attack since October. The minimum sanction has been raised from one to four weeks and benefits can now be cut for up to three years. JSA is basically a means of punishing the unemployed. Many desperate people are now being forced into the hands of loan sharks. The work and pensions minister Iain Duncan Smith is at a loss to understand this. When he was unemployed he had the option of staying in daddy's mansion and having the servants bring him three meals a day. He certainly didn't need a food bank so neither do these people! The rules for applying to use most food banks are quite strict. People have to be referred by a care professional such as a doctor and food aid is strictly limited. Labour opposition? Of course, the Labour opposition is going to do something about this. Actually, no! Labour's shadow ministers have meekly agreed to continue with Tory spending cuts. All Labour is offering is 'more of the same'. Vocal opposition is coming from religious groups and charities who normally keep quiet about the Conservatives to avoid 'being political'. The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is alone in opposing all cuts. www.tusc.org.uk SocialistParty...SomersetBranch
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