IF IT WASN’T FOR YOUR HELP TODAY I WAS CONSIDERING COMMITTING SUICIDE. I CAN’T TAKE ANYMORE. TODAY’S DEMO.

“Here is an awful case that shows that combined with bad advice, a lack of compassion and Universal Credit can and does ruin a persons life.”

Today was extremely busy, mainly because we now have a new influx of people needing help that had previously been signing on at Stalybridge Jobcentre which has recently been shut down. The impact of a Jobcentre shutting down is massive and it can’t be underestimated, especially in rural areas. How on earth can they expect claimants to walk miles to their nearest Jobcentre is beyond me. But i do know that this is a calculated and cruel move by the government to make it extremely hard for a claimant to fulfil their Jobseekers Agreement, therefore resulting on more sanctions etc.

Here is an awful case that shows that combined with bad advice, a lack of compassion and Universal Credit can and does ruin a persons life.

Please note that this is a true, honest account, and nor am I passing on any personal details as requested.

As soon as I arrived I saw a man shuffling out of the Jobcentre, I could see that he was unhappy and needed help. After four years I’ve learnt to recognise the signs.

As soon as I said hello to him, he started to tell me about his problems. He will remain nameless for respect for him and also so that he doesn’t get any repercussions from the DWP.

He told me that he had been sanctioned again, he didn’t know why and his advisor wouldn’t tell him either. He was told to phone up the 0345 number which at the moment costs a person up to 55p a min to phone. He waited for ages to speak to someone and then he ran out of credit, so now he can’t use his phone.

He had always worked since the age of 15, until he had a heart attack five years ago. this left him unable to work so upon advice given he then claimed ESA. This was going ok for a while until he attended an ATOS medical, when they declared him fit for work. He clearly wasn’t. So he appealed this decision, won his appeal and reclaimed his ESA.

The stress of this didn’t do him any good so he became ill and had to be admitted to hospital for a heart related illness. The consultant advised him to stay away from stressful situations. Easier to say than do though, especially when he was called up for another ESA medical.

They declared him fit for work so he then went to the Jobcentre to try and claim Jobseekers Allowance until his appeal was accepted. However his advisor told him that he had to claim Universal Credit. He had no choice and nor could he appeal the ESA decision. We know that this is wrong, but this is what they are doing to people folks.

He then went ahead made his claim and was told that he had to work, he had no choice. So against his consultants decision he found a 16 hour a week job, which was supposedly topped up by Universal Credit.

He ended up far worse off financially because the way that universal credit is worked out it actually makes a person worse off in work and he was effectively working for 33p a hour.

Then his hours were reduced to 10 a week. He knew that he couldn’t survive on this, and he also knew that he would be punished by the Universal Credit system for the decision that was made by his employer. He was told to find more hours to work or there was a possibility that he would be sanctioned.

As a result he became ill because of the stress and couldn’t cope. He has subsequently been sanctioned and has had no money for a few weeks.

Straight away I reassured him that we are here for him, that we can help him. He told me that he was close to committing suicide, and was serious about it, but our kindness has made him rethink this. He didn’t think that anyone would help, because no one cared. I told him that we do care and that we would help him to sort this out.

I gave him a food parcel which he was overjoyed at recieving, I don’t think that he has eaten anything decent for a while. I then telephoned his local MPS office and asked his team if they could see him asap. Because his case is complicated, and there is more to it than I have explained above, seeing his MP is essential. There’s nothing like a letter from an MP to get things moving, because if there is one thing that the DWP hate is an MP becoming involved in a case. I did also inform him of other local organisations, but he said that he wasn’t ready for them yet but maybe he will be after he has spoken to his MPs office.

I know that he will be treated with the upmost respect when he meets them, and they are a great team. Remember folks, go and see your MP if you can. Even if they are Conservative, because they need to hear your problems, even if some won’t deal with it then need to hear them. I’m now confident that his life will improve.

Read more here: https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/if-it-wasnt-for-your-help-today-i-was-considering-committing-suicide-i-cant-take-anymore-todays-demo/

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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

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”.

#GE17 #StoptheTories

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 […]

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