Dear ” Your Views Rochdale Observer


Independent figures prove that Food banks
in Rochdale, Salford, Tameside and Trafford have all seen huge a huge increase in demand .On average the food banks in Greater Manchester were used once every 14 minutes.

12 months ago, Church Action On Poverty released Walking the Breadline this report hit the headlines. In it CAP said that half a million people had been forced to go to foodbanks, and called this as a national disgrace. This report cna be read online at :

On Monday night, [ 9 June 2014] , to coincide with a major new Channel 4 Dispatches documentary Breadline Kids, Church Action On Poverty published a new report Below the Breadline, with Oxfam and the Trussell Trust, which reveals that the in food poverty has risen
by a further 50 percent over the past 12 months.

This Channel 4 Dispatches programme ,” Breadline kids – Breaking the Cycle of poverty,

[ availaible to view at
; ],should be made
compulsary viewing for all frontline staff at Rochdale Job Centre , all council staff responsible for Discretionary Housing Payments – the
modern ” Poor Relief ” – all our townships councillors , our MP’s and decision makers in the Township responsible for addressing issues of Adult & child poverty at the moment.

This will prevent frontline staff from being able to take actions ,on sanctioning benefit claimants for example, without being able to claim they do not know the consequences of their personal actions as some of
them continue unconvincingly to do at present.

“A family in destitution, in a country as wealthy as this, is a disgrace that should not happen.” said Cardinal Vincent Nichols, head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales

I agree .Personally I think that it is a national disgrace that British people have to rely on Foodbanks to survive .So do millions of other people in the United

Could I just take this opportunity to ask concerned Sub-IT readers to email their MP about this current issue of major concern?

As a member of Church Action on Poverty I have just emailed ours , Labour MP Simon Danczuk , to call for urgent action about the relentless rise of food poverty in the UK.

Over the past year, more and more people have become aware of the soaring number of people in the UK forced to use food banks. But
during 2013-14, the number of meals given to people in food poverty
has risen by another 54 per cent – to over 20 million. In the
world’s seventh richest country, it’s scandalous that more and more
families struggle to put food on the table and people go hungry.

Government has a responsibility to take action – and we must urge them
to do so.

This e|mail action from Church Action on Poverty only takes a couple
of minutes, using the simple e-action at :

The full text to the Church Action on Poverty e|action reads as follows :

I am writing as your constituent, to ask you to support urgent action
to stop the relentless rise of hunger in the UK.

More than 23 million meals were delivered to people living in poverty
by the four main food aid charities last year. That’s a massive
increase of 54% in just 12 months. In fact, the number of CHILDREN who
received food aid in 2013-14 was greater than the total number of
users in the previous year.

I believe that this is not acceptable in the seventh richest country
in the world, and that politicians should be doing more to address it.

I understand that food poverty is driven by a number of factors
including low incomes and rising living costs. Most alarmingly,
benefit cuts and unfair benefit sanctions are stopping vital benefit
payments from going to people who are struggling to make ends meet.
While food banks provide a crucial lifeline for many people in this
situation, they are not a long-term solution to food poverty.

It is crucial that the Government starts to properly monitor the
numbers of people using food banks, and the reasons why they are being
forced to depend on food aid.

Please do what you can to highlight the need for urgent action to
address the rise in food poverty. In particular, I urge you to support
the inquiry currently being held by the All-Party Parliamentary Group
on Food Poverty.

I look forward to receiving your reply.

Yours faithfully

Andrew Wastling

June 2014: Church Times reports on Faith in Food Banks resource
June 2014: Mirror features Below the Breadline and Breadline Kids
June 2014: Christian Today interview with Vincent Nichols on the Good Society
June 2014: Church Times reports on Faith in Food Banks resource
June 2014: Mirror features Below the Breadline and Breadline Kids
June 2014: Christian Today interview with Vincent Nichols on the Good Society

Posted: 09 Jun 2014 05:49 AM PDT



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