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    "Food banks are a mistake... They are a hand-out not a hand-up" a quote from the Sun about food banks.

    I saw this on my facebook page, my friend also feeling as disgusted as me, had posted this. I was completely disgusted by this, food banks are more important now than ever seeing as food prices have been rising and so many families are struggling to make ends meet. I've decided to start volunteering in my local food bank during my holidays and just when I was researching today some of the stories I found were heartbreaking.

    "This week foodbank mum Donna was almost in tears as she told me that she couldn't afford birthday presents to give to her twins who will be 13 on Sunday. She said that her sons had asked to have a friend come to stay to celebrate their birthday but she hasn't said yes because she's not sure they can afford the extra food. Donna used to work in a school for children with Aspergers and Autism but is currently off work due to depression - which has been exacerbated by the family's financial worries. Her partner was recently made redundant and they are currently living on £38 per week due to mistakes with their benefits. This is the reality behind the statistics. Donna says she will be 'eternally grateful' for their foodbox. Without it she says she would have gone without food and had to try to scrape together enough money to give the children something, even just bread and butter. The family are keen to get back into work, that's the hope that keeps them going."

    I tried to find the article online but seeing as that means giving money to the Sun, this is all I could find without funding Rupert Murdoch so I just thought I'd post this to show how disgusted I am by the Sun.
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    (Original post by kath_igidbashian)
    "Food banks are a mistake... They are a hand-out not a hand-up" a quote from the Sun about food banks.

    I saw this on my facebook page, my friend also feeling as disgusted as me, had posted this. I was completely disgusted by this, food banks are more important now than ever seeing as food prices have been rising and so many families are struggling to make ends meet. I've decided to start volunteering in my local food bank during my holidays and just when I was researching today some of the stories I found were heartbreaking.

    "This week foodbank mum Donna was almost in tears as she told me that she couldn't afford birthday presents to give to her twins who will be 13 on Sunday. She said that her sons had asked to have a friend come to stay to celebrate their birthday but she hasn't said yes because she's not sure they can afford the extra food. Donna used to work in a school for children with Aspergers and Autism but is currently off work due to depression - which has been exacerbated by the family's financial worries. Her partner was recently made redundant and they are currently living on £38 per week due to mistakes with their benefits. This is the reality behind the statistics. Donna says she will be 'eternally grateful' for their foodbox. Without it she says she would have gone without food and had to try to scrape together enough money to give the children something, even just bread and butter. The family are keen to get back into work, that's the hope that keeps them going."

    I tried to find the article online but seeing as that means giving money to the Sun, this is all I could find without funding Rupert Murdoch so I just thought I'd post this to show how disgusted I am by the Sun.
    Funding him all of a couple of pennies? If that? Stop being awkward and just link the article.
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    (Original post by MrKappa)
    Funding him all of a couple of pennies? If that? Stop being awkward and just link the article.
    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...-hand-out.html

    This was all I could find on a google search with the quote, I don't have a Sun account and I don't intend on getting one any time soon, even if it is only a 'few pennies' to Rupert Murdoch it's the principle
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    (Original post by kath_igidbashian)
    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...-hand-out.html

    This was all I could find on a google search with the quote, I don't have a Sun account and I don't intend on getting one any time soon, even if it is only a 'few pennies' to Rupert Murdoch it's the principle
    Looooooool, the Sun? Really? I hardly think they're the most reliable source in the world (titles are often very misleading...) :rofl:

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    The sun

    Oh yes that bastion of truth and unambiguity
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    Well the article is written by that harridan Edwina Currie.
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    (Original post by kath_igidbashian)
    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...-hand-out.html

    This was all I could find on a google search with the quote, I don't have a Sun account and I don't intend on getting one any time soon, even if it is only a 'few pennies' to Rupert Murdoch it's the principle
    Ah sorry, didn't realise you have to sign up and pay a subscription. Thought you meant ad revenue. Have some rep as a token of my forgiveness.
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    (Original post by majmuh24)
    Looooooool, the Sun? Really? I hardly think they're the most reliable source in the world (titles are often very misleading...) :rofl:

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    Trust me, I HATE the Sun and usually have a policy of ignoring it, but when I saw something as disgusting as this I was just a little angry and felt the need to vent a bit...
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    (Original post by Old_Simon)
    Well the article is written by that harridan Edwina Currie.
    Edwina Currie - a beacon of knowledge for us all...
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    (Original post by kath_igidbashian)
    Trust me, I HATE the Sun and usually have a policy of ignoring it, but when I saw something as disgusting as this I was just a little angry and felt the need to vent a bit...
    Sun aside

    Benefits aren't the gravy train people make out

    You can get sanctioned very easily I,e. No benefits for trivial matters
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    BBC source

    http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27032642
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    (Original post by Jusd)
    Sun aside

    Benefits aren't the gravy train people make out

    You can get sanctioned very easily I,e. No benefits for trivial matters
    Absolutely! And the government have the cheek to make out that everyone on benefits are scroungers, they should try living on only what some people get for benefits - with the constant fear that'll get what little they have cut off.

    If I could see Ian thieving Duncan-Smith forced to do that I'd be laughing right now...
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    I'd rather stare at its namesake for an hour than read The Sun, so I think I'll just have to take your word here.
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    I think people on the left are just pissed off that food banks show you don't need a bigger state, higher taxes and more government in order to help the needy. The big society in action.
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    (Original post by kath_igidbashian)
    Absolutely! And the government have the cheek to make out that everyone on benefits are scroungers, they should try living on only what some people get for benefits - with the constant fear that'll get what little they have cut off.

    If I could see Ian thieving Duncan-Smith forced to do that I'd be laughing right now...
    I think it's also the mentality of those not on jobseekers that they must be made to suffer

    When you're actually making the problem worse ... If you take money away from someone who doesn't have any how will that help their search ?

    It's just simple numbers , too many people , not enough jobs
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    (Original post by The Socktor)
    I'd rather stare at its namesake for an hour than read The Sun, so I think I'll just have to take your word here.
    I don't blame you, it was genuinely painful. Their home page had a story about a dog on jury duty with the headline 'Paw & Order' :facepalm:
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    (Original post by Jusd)
    I think it's also the mentality of those not on jobseekers that they must be made to suffer

    When you're actually making the problem worse ... If you take money away from someone who doesn't have any how will that help their search ?

    It's just simple numbers , too many people , not enough jobs
    Exactly - it just makes the problem worse...

    Though I do have to disagree with you on the too many people thing - I believe the government are scapegoating immigrants for all the economic problems this country is facing when in reality it came from the overpaid bankers in the City. (It might be an unpopular opinion but it's what I believe)
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    (Original post by rich2606)
    I think people on the left are just pissed off that food banks show you don't need a bigger state, higher taxes and more government in order to help the needy. The big society in action.
    Sorry just to clarify whether the bit in bold is sarcasm or you support Cameron's Big Society? Not always the easiest thing to do online...
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    (Original post by kath_igidbashian)
    Sorry just to clarify whether the bit in bold is sarcasm or you support Cameron's Big Society? Not always the easiest thing to do online...
    A bit of both. The concept of the Big Society was horribly sold to the public when Cameron tried to explain the idea and so it deserves mocking for that, but I agree with the basic principle that people shouldn't always look to the government to solve their problems, and that people don't need to go through a big central organising body to help out their fellow man, just to get on and do it. The example of food banks is as good an issue as any to illustrate the point.
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    (Original post by rich2606)
    A bit of both. The concept of the Big Society was horribly sold to the public when Cameron tried to explain the idea and so it deserves mocking for that, but I agree with the basic principle that people shouldn't always look to the government to solve their problems, and that people don't need to go through a big central organising body to help out their fellow man, just to get on and do it. The example of food banks is as good an issue as any to illustrate the point.
    Food banks are a horrible idea

    It shouldn't need to get so bad for you to resort to one
 
 
 
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