This Charity Isn’t Creating Self-Sufficiency…

…it’s creating dependency:

Imagine a world where a parent will go without food so their children can eat.

It may sound like something from a Victorian novel, but this is the reality in 2013 – and the reality in North East Lincolnshire.

Yes, this is yet another in the rapidly-becoming-tedious series of woe and disaster articles in local newspapers over changes to the benefits system.

Record numbers of people are relying on emergency food parcels to survive in our area.
Over the past year, the Grimsby charity Care, which runs the Daily Bread Food Larder, handed out an unprecedented 1,080 food parcels.

That is more than double compared to last year – a 131 per cent increase – and they fear it’s going to get worse.

Now, Care has expressed its fears over the impending universal credit, which will be rolled out across the borough this October.

Combined with the impact of the “bedroom tax”, the team at Care are bracing themselves for figures to rise further.

How long, I wonder, before they stop putting that in inverted commas?

The general manager for the charity Sarah Taylor said: “I am really alarmed by the increase in the number of people needing us.”

“When the universal credit starts, people are going to need more support budgeting their finances. They won’t be used to it.”

Well, perhaps it’s about time they learned? Rather than rely of charities like you to fill in the gaps?

“It also opens up an opportunity for financial abuse. For example, if the payment goes to an alcoholic father and he blows it all on drink, where does that leave the mother and her children?”

Perhaps where it should leave her, with the idea that she ought to have chosen a lifemate/sire to her offspring a little better?

Conservative MP for Cleethorpes Martin Vickers praised the work of the food bank.
Mr Vickers said: “It is a sad fact in times of austerity the demands on such services like food banks will increase – they always have.

“There is no ignoring the fact there will be losers as well as winners in any reassesment of benefits, but the whole aim of them is to make people more self-sufficient and to target those funds available to those in need.”

Pray tell me, Martin, how having a charity on hand to provide you with food when you ‘can’t afford it’ and excuse your own poor life choices as just random acts of cruel fate is going to help with that?

10 comments for “This Charity Isn’t Creating Self-Sufficiency…

  1. ivan
    May 14, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Maybe one should ask how much are the top brass of this charity being paid, by the taxpayer one assumes.

    The other thing this charity should be doing is running classes on budgeting rather than just mentioning it in passing.

    • microdave
      May 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      I’ve just downloaded their most recent accounts (PDF) from here: http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/Accounts/Ends78%5C0001027978_AC_20120331_E_C.pdf

      I have to say, compared to most of the so called “charities” that I’ve looked at, they don’t seem to be too bad. The only mention of trustees payments totaled about £10k, and no staff members were paid more than £60k. Yes, I know that’s still a sizable amount, but compared to what I have seen at other outfits, it’s comparatively small… They don’t appear to get loads of dosh from local councils and other government agencies, either. As to the aspect of “free lunches” – I don’t think there is any doubt that plenty of this goes on. If someone started asking pertinent questions, or wanted to do background checks, you can just imagine the howls of protest that would follow!

      I am not trying to justify this organisation, merely pointing out that they are nowhere near as bad as most of the “fake” charities that constantly hold the begging bowl out…

  2. Derek
    May 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Has anyone ever checked the clients of these food banks, to see if they really are in need, or just want a free lunch?

    • May 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Derek, I do know someone who goes to food banks because he is skint but refuses to work so such a scenario is not unknown. I’d have more respect for food banks if they really did help people stand on their own two feet, preferably by saying to those who are able ‘no food unless you do some work for the charitable organisation that is supplying you with food.’

  3. May 14, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I despair. Some people have little experience of real life.

  4. Greg Tingey
    May 14, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Grow your own?

    Called “allotments”
    Mind you, it can be hard work … but the results are DELICIOUS

  5. May 14, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Allotments – yes. It’s going to become worse and food parcels will become more common but for now, much of it is poor choices, as Julia said.

  6. Bunny
    May 14, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    The other bit that the charity muppet didn’t quite get was that if the alcoholic father blows the first lot of money, the next set that gets given to the family will also be blown by the alcoholic. How about giving the said alcoholic father a grant, to enjoy himself, and a place where he can enjoy the grant. It is not assisted suicide but it is helping someone down on their luck to enjoy one last decent bended.

  7. amfortas
    May 15, 2013 at 2:23 am

    The alcoholic father. That good old always-ready-to-use boogaboo. No alcoholic single mums ever use the food bank, especially the day after she is found sprawled, legs akimbo outside the nightclub with her faux-sequined purse stuffed with Bacardi breezers. Oh dearie me no.

  8. Furor Teutonicus
    May 15, 2013 at 11:54 am

    XX Pray tell me, Martin, how having a charity on hand to provide you with food when you ‘can’t afford it’ and excuse your own poor life choices as just random acts of cruel fate is going to help with that? XX

    Totaly agree.

    HOWEVER!!

    When certain arseholes, who have only been in the country five minutes, get handed everything on a plate……

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