Theresa May skewered on live TV for refusing to accept nurses use food banks because of Tory austerity

The Tory leader claimed “there are many complex reasons why people go to food banks” and would not commit to end the 1% pay cap

Theresa May was skewered on live TV today as she tried to avoid taking the blame for the scandal of nurses using food banks.

The Tory leader claimed “there are many complex reasons why people go to food banks” when questioned in a major BBC interview.

Ministers have scrapped grants for student nurses, and a Sunday People investigation has shown how universities set up food banks for trainees struggling to survive.

A record 700 nurses and healthcare assistants applied for hardship grants last year while the number of nurses using payday loans has almost doubled in three years to 35,000.

read more here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-skewered-live-tv-refusing-10326568

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Vomiting boy ate just CRISPS all day as holiday hunger crisis revealed

Shocking report shows even grandparents go hungry to feed children

A Birkenhead boy threw up while playing football after eating just two packs of crisps all day, according to a shocking report on children going hungry.

The report said growing numbers of children are underfed or malnourished during school holidays, when cash-strapped parents struggle to afford the extra meals and childcare.

Some Wirral parents and even grandparents sometimes go without food to keep their children fed and pay for other essentials, according to a Birkenhead school governor quoted in the report. The Croxteth Gems youth centre revealed some children were so hungry they ate two or three breakfasts and dinners.

Nadine Daniel, head of the Liverpool Hope+ Foodbank, said she and other emergency food providers had noticed rising holiday demand and expected it to grow again this summer.

The research, led by Birkenhead MP Frank Field and the parliamentary group on hunger, suggested some parents resorted to junk food because it was all they could afford or they could not cook. It highlighted a young person who vomited during a free sports and food programme in Birkenhead run by Wirral Positive Futures and the Street Games charity. When a member of staff asked the boy what he had eaten that day before the evening football session, he replied that he had eaten just a packet of crisps for breakfast and lunch.

It also said a group of children at a Feeding Birkenhead holiday meals event all headed to the table full of fresh fruit – rather than a table with cakes and biscuits. It said: “They had had enough of the sporadic, unhealthy snacks on which they had been surviving at home. Some families are surviving on cheap, stodgy food that temporarily keeps hunger at bay without necessarily giving children and parents the nutrients their bodies need. It is the additional demands placed on budgets of families on low incomes – from food, fuel, activities, childcare – at those times of year that lower children into the clutches of hunger.”

read more here: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/vomiting-boy-ate-just-crisps-12938981

Teachers have reported “heartbreaking” increases in the numbers of poor children at primary schools going hungry.

 

Over half of surveyed teachers have children in their school who go hungry during school holidays, when no school meals are available. Most of those teachers also see children arrive at school hungry. Substantial numbers of teachers also report seeing children return from school holidays with signs of malnourishment.

One teacher said: “In addition to holiday hunger I have families who cannot cook a meal because their oven is broken and they cannot afford to get it repaired. I have families with disabled children who cannot easily leave the house and shop for affordable healthy food because it is too difficult and they have no help.”

Another teacher said: “It’s heart-breaking to hear children not wanting holidays because they don’t get to eat enough.”

The Tory government has also been slashing services which help families to help themselves. One teacher noted: “I believe our local Sure Start children’s centre used to remain open during school holidays to support families until it was closed down last year.”

Compared to other developed countries, the UK has a very unequal distribution of income. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has predicted that if the #Tory government’s planned benefit cuts go ahead, inequality will rise even further. The IFS also predicts that “low-income households with children will fare worse than other households”.

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Sources:
– The Independent, 17 April 2017 – http://www.independent.co.uk/…/poor-children-hunger-malnour…
– National Union of Teachers survey – https://www.teachers.org.uk/…/con…/nut-survey-holiday-hunger
– The Scale of Economic Inequality in the UK – https://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/scale-economic-inequality-…

From the facebook page StopTheTories17

Food Bank Britain: who is responsible?

 

Amid the politics of austerity, the state is relinquishing its responsibility for preventing hunger.

  1. Being food secure means being sure of your ability to secure, at all times, enough food of sufficient quality and quantity to allow you to stay healthy and participate in society.
  2. The rise from the 61,468 food parcels which were given out by the Trussell Trust  in 2010/11 to 1.1 million people in 2015-2016 does not reflect the number of people living with insufficient food in the UK today:
  3. Food security figures released in the last week of March by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) show that 13 per cent of UK adults are only marginally food secure and that 8 per cent have low or very low food security.
  4. In deprived areas, such as Bradford, we have found that 14 per cent of women with young children cannot afford to put food on the table.
  5. Reduced entitlement, increased conditionality and the restructuring of and reduction in state-provided crisis support have pushed people to seek emergency help with food.
  6. Difficulties include inappropriate sanctioning decisions, errors made in declaring people on Employment Support Allowance fit for work and, more generally, ineffective administration of welfare payments.
  7. The survey of GPs has only been conducted for two years. 16 per centsaid they had been asked to refer patients to a food bank in the first year and 22 per cent in the second year.
  8. 7366 people were admitted to hospital with a primary or secondary diagnosis of malnutrition between August 2014 and July this year, compared with 4,883 cases in the same period from 2010 to 2011 – a rise of more than 50 per cent in just four years.’

Madeleine Power,  Richard Wilkinson, Kate Pickett:

University of York and Equality Trust

Thios is part of a summary. To read the whole report go here: http://taxpayersagainstpoverty.org.uk/news/food-bank-britain-amid

Tory MP suggests poor families ‘could learn from war generation about cooking good food on a tight budget

Philip Hollobone asked ministers if lessons could be learned from wartime families on “how best to feed our people” – but Labour say he’s unaware of “scale of hunger”

Poor people could learn about nutrition by eating from wartime rations, a Tory MP suggested today.

Philip Hollobone told the Commons low income households should take lessons from the 1940s on how to eat nutritious food on a tight budget.

read more here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-mp-suggests-poor-families-9651428#ICID

‘Worse than the war’: East Kilbride Loaves and Fishes boss has worst Christmas in over 20 years as desperate families queue round the block for food parcels : Daily Record. — DWPExamination.

CHARITY founder Denis Curran MBE looked on in despair as struggling families queued around the block for something to eat at Christmas. Loaves and Fishes chairman Denis Curran making an impassioned plea to the Scottish Parliament. A HEARTBROKEN food bank champion described this as the worst Christmas he has experienced in more than two […]

via ‘Worse than the war’: East Kilbride Loaves and Fishes boss has worst Christmas in over 20 years as desperate families queue round the block for food parcels : Daily Record. — DWPExamination.

Malnutrition has tripled since 2008 but the Tories say the cause can’t be identified. It’ll be ESA

Isn’t it interesting that the official figures show malnutrition increasing hugely, year-on-year, from 2008 onwards – the year when Employment and Support Allowance was introduced – but the Conservative Government is insisting that no cause can be identified?

ESA, with the hated, nonsensical Work Capability Assessment that governs whether a claimant qualifies for the benefit, was introduced in 2008.

This Blog ran an article on the increase in malnutrition in November, but reader Tony Dean went further – requesting information from the Department of Health.

In the financial year 2007-8, there were 7,695 primary diagnoses of malnutrition – up from 6,704 the previous year. Secondary diagnoses had fallen from 58,344 the previous year to 57,052.

From then on, the figures started to increase – hugely. In 2015-16 there were 17,166 primary diagnoses of malnutrition and a massive 167,362 secondary diagnoses.

Primary diagnoses describe the most serious or resource-intensive condition suffered by a patient who is hospitalised for any period of time. A secondary diagnosis describes those conditions that coexist at the time of admission, or develop subsequently, and that affect the patient for the current episode of care.

So we are seeing not only an increase in malnutrition as an illness in its own right, but a massive increase in it as a contributory factor to other illnesses.

The information may be found here. It was provided by Health Under-Secretary Nicola Blackwood in response to a question by Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth in November.

Ms Blackwood said: “The cause of the malnutrition is not presented in these figures and it not possible to make assumptions on which factor was responsible for the admission.

read more here: http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/12/21/malnutrition-has-tripled-since-2008-but-the-tories-say-the-cause-cant-be-identified-itll-be-esa/