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Food banks are now a lifeline for half a million people in the UK.


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Massive cuts to social safety nets have led to "destitution, hardship and hunger on a large scale" in Britain, with more than half a million people now forced to rely on food banks for sustenance, key poverty charities have warned in a report.


Welfare changes and mistakes by Jobcentre Plus staff are causing delays in benefits and errors or sanctions, which push vulnerable people into precarious situations, the report from Church Action on Poverty and Oxfam warns. The charities want an urgent parliamentary inquiry.


"The shocking reality is that hundreds of thousands of people in the UK are turning to food aid," said Mark Goldring, Oxfam's chief executive. "Cuts to social safety nets have gone too far, leading to destitution, hardship and hunger on a large scale. It is unacceptable that this is happening in the seventh wealthiest nation on the planet."





This is insane,  :(

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A Hard working country for hard working people that want to get one If they wanted to work hard and get on then they would be able to reap the benefits of hard work and getting on and be able to eat. As it stands they obviously don't work hard enough or want to get on enough.


Indeed. Strivers versus skivers and all that.



In some ways it's surprising that this isn't receiving much wider coverage in the media, but then you remember who owns the media and then it really isn't.

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