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TOPIC: UN slams UK government for forcing food banks to keep ‘picking up the pieces

UN slams UK government for forcing food banks to keep ‘picking up the pieces 10 Nov 2018 06:06 #10931

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UN investigator Philip Alston is currently touring the UK to assess the scale of damage that Conservative-led austerity has caused in recent years. And he has slammed the government for outsourcing the task of ‘keeping people alive’, just as newly released figures show food-bank use is continuing to rise.
Food-bank use keeps rising to “pick up the pieces” for devastating Tory austerity

Announcing a 13% increase in food-bank use on the previous year, the Trussell Trust insisted on 6 November:

Foodbanks cannot continue to pick up the pieces – we have to make sure our benefits system can protect people from hunger.

UN investigator speaks out: “you have issues here”

Speaking outside a Newcastle food bank which featured in the film I, Daniel Blake, Alston said:

When you have rates of maybe a third of children living in poverty and you have a food bank clientele at a place like this that is growing and growing and growing, you have issues here.

Alston also insisted that food banks were essentially turning into a “real safety net so that [people] don’t quite starve”, in the absence of effective government support. And he stressed that the government risked sending out the message that it “can just outsource these things” in the “hope that a private community is going to take it up and keep people alive”. That, he suggested, was unacceptable.

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