I have just read a newspaper article, and I must stop doing that as it just winds me up. This one was all about forcing Supermarket chains to donate all of their unwanted food to food banks. it is a brilliant idea, stop waste and help those in need. Only why is no-one asking why we need so many food banks?
I know we are in a recession, or just coming out of a recession, or just about to go into another one or something like that but don’t we have a Welfare System to help people when they need that help the most?
When we have an elected Government made up of so many millionaires, people with money to spare why are there so many in need of help from food banks?
There are petition sites all over the Internet asking people to sign up for campaigns to encourage the re-distribution of food in this, one of the richest country’s in the world. This to me looks like trying to treat the symptom and not the cause. There must be a reason why there are so many out there needing help in this way, there has to be a root cause to this growing problem.
So let us look at recent history, we have a Government who want to bring down the country’s debt, they are doing this by trying to revamp the Welfare System. Fair enough, they are trying to it a fair and equal system that will help the individual, encourage those who are unemployed back into work.
The present Government are even trying to help those on Sickness Benefit to find work, so why is there an ever growing need for charity’s to help out those who cannot afford to live? Surely if the Government are doing their best to help those in most need to live better lives things would be getting better not worse.
Unemployment Benefits across the board including sickness benefits account for less than 8% of the welfare budget, yet these same benefits have seen cut after cut. it has become harder and harder to convince the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) that a person is actually unfit to work.
It seems that the present Government are saying one thing whilst doing another, while making speeches about the work they are doing to make things better they are in fact doing the complete opposite. The need for more and more food banks is a symptom of a far greater problem and one that will get worse the more this Government does to ‘improve’ the Welfare System.
Perhaps the problem lies in the fact that the Government is made up of so many people who have little or no idea what it is like to live on the bread line. People who have never had to look for work, or take work that will pay the rent rather than a job with Daddies firm. Maybe the problem stems from the fact that at the moment this Country is run by the privileged few and not people who have to live real lives in the real world.
Perhaps those in power now cannot see the suffering their tampering is doing from the lofty heights of their palaces in the sky. By all means get the supermarkets to give all of their surplus food to food banks, but at the same time let us force the Government to treat all of the people who live in this country fairly, not just those who have enough money not to be bothered with food banks.