Dear David Cameron,
There are a variety of views about the needs of Foodbanks in the UK and most are valid. The least valid is to blame the household economics of individuals. No family mathematician in the world can keep up with rising energy, food and fuel prices and falling wages. No family economist can take minimum wage and turn that into a healthy well fed family. No family accountant can hold back the flood of rising prices. No family can either ignore the plethera of easy money available from
People are not queuing up at Foodbanks; they are referred. Hungry parents who repeatedly shoplift food are being referred to Foodbanks by the police. Suffering families are being referred by their doctors and health visitors. Social care workers who see real need make referrals. No is choosing to use a Foodbank
I don't know the answers to the total elimination of poverty but I do know the way to help working families.
- Introduce the living wage - a £1 an hour increase to the minimum wage will start closing Foodbanks.
- Regulate lending to take into account a borrowers ability to pay - why the heck can anyone already in poverty be allowed to borrow money and get into more poverty?
- Regulate gambling - what idiot thought online gaming was a good idea? Really? What a fool!
- Sort out the benefit system that those who really need it stop starving and those who don't need it start working.
Most of all Mr C. control the members of your cabinet to stop them making indiscriminate stupidly unhelpful remarks about the plight of those using Foodbanks. No one uses any of them by choice!
p.s regulate the unit price of alcohol - the proliferation of binge drinking makes the UK a dirty place to be ashamed of!