The Rise of Foodbanks in the UK

Insight into the increase in the demand of food banks in the UK.

Another from Patrick Butler’s blog, this post reveals the greatly increased use of food banks, as described by the food banks themselves. 

For more information on food banks in your area, get in touch with your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

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Breadline margins: life on £3.26 a day

A tragic reality for many in Britain: “Low income households are increasingly relying on ‘perpetual debt’ to pay for basics and make ends meet”.

This post on the ‘Breadline Margins’ from Patrick Butler’s blog gives an insight into the poverty faced by many in the UK.

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Article on DWP’s Vulnerable Claimant’s Policy

An article written by Disability Rights Campaigner Jane Young:

“I do think  most sick or disabled people who are dependent on benefits are made vulnerable by the benefits system itself…”

‘The Perils of Being a Vulnerable Benefit Claimant’ by Jane Young

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Call for Evidence April 2014

Have you been affected by any of these? 

  • Poor administration by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)/Jobcentre Plus with regards to applications for benefits (e.g. ESA, DLA, PIP, JSA). This includes paperwork going missing, dealing with multiple ESA officers, denials that paperwork has been received, etc.
  • Medical evidence from GPs: Doctors charging for letters to ATOS; letters not containing sufficient information.
  • Tax Credits and undisclosed partners – tax credits being reduced because claimants are unable to obtain evidence from ex-partners with whom they no longer live.
  • Homelessness: the is an ongoing problem of a lack of single person/young family accommodation in Keswick and other rural places.
  • Ways to Welfare: what’s your experience of the local welfare assistance service?

 If so, get in touch with your local CAB.

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