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kozlov
15-03-2011, 10:33 AM
I heard on R4 this morning , that food parcels destined for abroad have been re-routed to a Devon town where unemployment is at epidemic proportions!:mad:

5intheface
15-03-2011, 11:23 AM
All it needed was a link and preferably an opinion and we would have a thread of some worth.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/mar/14/charity-food-parcels-devon

C. Flower
15-03-2011, 01:29 PM
All it needed was a link and preferably an opinion and we would have a thread of some worth.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/mar/14/charity-food-parcels-devon


Millions in the US rely on food stamps. The UK have their nice-sounding "trusts". In Ireland it's St Vincent de Paul, for people refused or waiting weeks for benefits.

Back to the 19th century in terms of human needs and dignity.


A charity set up to send food parcels to needy people in eastern Europe is helping to feed residents of a Devon town where unemployment (http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/unemployment) has shot up six-fold. The number of people receiving handouts of essential foods such as cereal and tinned goods from the Trussell Trust (http://www.trusselltrust.org/) has risen from 20 people a week to more than 200 after jobs were lost at three major employers in Okehampton.
Okehampton town councillor Kay Bickley, who helps run the food bank, said: "There has been a huge rise in people needing short-term help. The people of Okehampton have pride and want to work, but circumstances have led a lot of families into a devastating situation, which we are trying to help with.
"It can take a while to sort out benefits you are entitled to, so in the meantime they are forced to live on handouts. It is a shock to find ourselves living in such a situation."
Across the UK, the Trussell Trust has helped 60,000 people in the last financial year, compared with 41,000 during the previous 12-month period. Most of its food banks are in cities but the trust is seeing an increase in the need for its aid in the countryside.
In Okehampton, jobs have been shed at three of the town's employers, including a dairy company and factories making chocolate and desserts. Unemployment has leapt from under 2% to almost 12%.
Councillor Mike Davies, who also works at the food bank, said: "For many people in this town at the moment there is simply no money coming in. How are they going to pay the rent or the mortgage? How are they going to live? There is a mood of genuine fear in the town at the moment."

Junius
16-03-2011, 08:41 AM
Despite persistent decreases in the money people have, whether working or on jobseekers/disability etc...many prices of necessities still rise relentlessly or sit still. Take all forms of insurance many of which are obligatory, petrol, fuel, road tax, television licence, electricity bills, water charges etc etc.... yet, they tell us the cost of living is down!

OK for people in cities and large towns - they can get to shops where there are usually bargains to be picked up. People in rural Ireland are the ones who are suffering from having no alternatives - electricity bill standing charges 33% higher in rural areas and transport is a necessity not a choice because there are no alternative options!

C. Flower
16-03-2011, 09:24 AM
I am bothered about what is happening in rural areas too. When people are completely out of money they are also isolated and it's harder for them to deal with getting to services. If they can't afford to keep a car on the road they are banjaxed. Without electricity, if they have a well, they are also without water.