Starvation, shoplifting, prison, some quiche and a cheese knife: David’s story

This is a great article and remember there for the grace of god!

Ann McGauran

David Goddard, who says he was forced to shoplift after JSA was withdrawn. He ended up in prison. David Goddard, who says he was forced to shoplift after JSA was withdrawn. He ended up in prison. Here in the UK, the daily experiences of the increasing numbers of people who’ve had benefits sanctioned or removed aren’t discussed much across the media. Often individuals seem to drop off the public services radar, and no-one appears to be looking out for them. Many become homeless.

There seem to be fewer sources of help available now for the destitute. The number of support workers, social workers, GPs or probation officers with the time and resources to help a client with complex issues appears to be dwindling. The ‘multi-agency approach’ seems like a sick joke now – unless you know differently?

Last night, at the Jerico Road project in Catford, South-East London, I spoke to David Goddard, a 27-year-old who comes from South-West England, but has moved around constantly in the last…

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