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How bad could things get after six more years?

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winterwhite Thu 30-May-19 09:58:31

Yesterday's morning papers carried reviews of a book on how to make proper meals out of tinned food from food banks, an article about long waits for GP appointments and another about the difficulty claimants have in contacting benefits agencies. Then on the 10 p.m news we saw heart-breaking examples of the state to which people are reduced because of cuts in social care funding, juxtaposed with a report on starvation and shortages of food and medicine in Venezuela after 6 years of bad government.
Just six years! 'We used not to live like this', said one elderly woman crouched over a candle. What could happen here if we have 6 more years of going downhill? 2025. A further 24 years apparently before we start seeing the benefits of Brexit.... Yet the problems of poverty, lack of housing and the care crisis have nothing to do with the EU. Jeremy Corbyn may be wrong about many things but he is right about that. How I hope that the Tory and Lib Dem leadership contenders concentrate first on how, and how quickly, they would tackle crises at home.

Anniebach Tue 04-Jun-19 10:14:15

If the majority of those who use food banks are working in
The low paid gig economy this can only mean the minority using food banks are on benefits so those on benefits are not
struggling to put food on the table.

M0nica Tue 04-Jun-19 16:08:08

Most people on benefits are only on them short term and many of them have cars, bought when they were in work and needed to be able to get to and from interviews and job, once they are back in employment. Having a driving license and car is essential if you want to work in many rural areas or towns with a high level of unemployment when public transport is minimal and you have to travel to work.
A single person gets £73 a week plus Housing Benefit and Council tax benefit and that sum has to cover everything. Some people on benefits are tempted to work on the black. I do not mean those holding full time jobs and claiming benefits, but ones who will do the odd day here and there as opportunity to get an extra £100, cash in hand and not report it. And who can blame them. Apart from anything else, the benefits system is so cumbersome if the worker reported it, their benefit would be stopped and it would take weeks to get it reinstated - all for one days work and £100.

There are lots of urban myths about 'benefit scroungers'. There are relatively few of them, but those that are make good media.

pinkquartz Tue 04-Jun-19 16:42:53

tickingbird.....sorry did not realise you meant money to spare as I do know some people but not many, on benefits and they only have a basic lifestyle.
I am puzzled by those with all the extra money and wonder if they claim for illness and disabled . I have known of families doing that and they are the ones where there is money to spare if the child isn't really disabled.I have known older couples do this as well. ex neighbours of mine. It is not fair.

pinkquartz Tue 04-Jun-19 16:44:42

Anniebach I don't if it means that the majority of claimants manage without foodbanks but the family I know say they don't qualify so I guess there is much more to this than makes the newspapers