Foodbank demand in Bradford doubles in a year

Food being handed out in Bradford city centre last night

Food being handed out in Bradford city centre last night

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Chief Reporter

Sanctions on those claiming benefits is one reason why demand for food banks is soaring in Bradford, it has been claimed, as the Government announced it is investigating why there has been a dramatic rise in free food handouts.

The Trussell Trust in Bradford said it was distributing nearly double the number of foodboxes it did 12 months ago. A total of 75 vouchers were accepted in January last year, helping 97 adults and 70 children, compared to 120 vouchers accepted, or 177 adults helped and 98 children, last month.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has commissioned the research to examine the extent and effectiveness of emergency food aid, amid concern that increasing numbers of low-paid and benefit-dependent households are being forced to use charity food sources.

A volunteer at the Trussell Trust, based in the Light Church, Bradford, said it was seeing people from all walks of life and the rising demand could be blamed on the struggling economy and a jobs’ shortage.

“We have people who have been made redundant and those who are in a crisis,” she said.

“They could be waiting for benefits or are believed to have not looked for enough jobs and could have been sanctioned without benefits for weeks and have nothing at all so come to us.

“That means quite a lot end up here needing help.”

Councillor David Green, the leader of Labour-run Bradford Council, said: “The food banks are all over Yorkshire, including Bradford.

“I am not quite sure why they want to carry out research because I would have thought it was stunningly obvious. People are struggling to feed their families and I am not sure what they can find out.”

Up to £500,000 has been earmarked in the Council’s budget for 2013/14 to help those struggling to find housing, and will pay for bed and breakfasts.

Coun Green said: “We can give small one-off payments to people and it is there to prevent distress to children and families. But it is mostly the responsibility of Department of Work and Pensions and the Jobcentres.”

The Bradford Metropolitan Foodbank, which operates out of St Mary’s Church, Barkerend, is distributing 500 parcels a month compared to their recent output of 300 packages a month.

Founder Lashman Singh said: “Community centres on estates such as Holme Wood are also getting food from us to hand out in their community.

“It is obvious about the political climate we are in and that people really haven’t got jobs and then you have the changes in the benefit system.

“Without the help of the public we would not be able to give out this volume of food parcels.”

Streetwise is a project run by the Life Church, Wapping Road, which dishes out hot food in the city centre twice a week.

Leader Les Szpakowski said in the six years he had been with the project he had seen numbers increase massively.

He said: “When I first started doing it, there were 25 people. Last year, on a summer’s night, we got 70 people.”

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10:58am Wed 27 Feb 13

Outraged English Subject says...

Inconceivable for this to be happening in this Country just highlights the complete deficiencies of this inadequate government! Unbelievable!
Inconceivable for this to be happening in this Country just highlights the complete deficiencies of this inadequate government! Unbelievable! Outraged English Subject
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11:02am Wed 27 Feb 13

allannicho says...

Its a case of "Owt for Nowt"
Its a case of "Owt for Nowt" allannicho
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1:42pm Wed 27 Feb 13

RollandSmoke says...

allannicho wrote:
Its a case of "Owt for Nowt"
Are you really that stupid? Make no wonder this disasterous Government is getting away with causing homelessness, destitution and distress for millions across the country. You really need to spend some time educating yourself because if it wasn't for gullible idiots like yourself these psychopaths would never have got their foot in the door. Start by looking at the suicide rates since this shower got in, but then I guess you'll say they are only doing it because they don't have to pay for the funeral.
[quote][p][bold]allannicho[/bold] wrote: Its a case of "Owt for Nowt"[/p][/quote]Are you really that stupid? Make no wonder this disasterous Government is getting away with causing homelessness, destitution and distress for millions across the country. You really need to spend some time educating yourself because if it wasn't for gullible idiots like yourself these psychopaths would never have got their foot in the door. Start by looking at the suicide rates since this shower got in, but then I guess you'll say they are only doing it because they don't have to pay for the funeral. RollandSmoke
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2:27pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Bradf1 says...

Its about time this country started looking after the people who live and work here. Its not about colour.race or religion,we cant pay benefits for every one that wants to come into this country. We need to start looking after the people who are really struggling already in our communities.
Its about time this country started looking after the people who live and work here. Its not about colour.race or religion,we cant pay benefits for every one that wants to come into this country. We need to start looking after the people who are really struggling already in our communities. Bradf1
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3:33pm Wed 27 Feb 13

RollandSmoke says...

Number doubled in a year and we criticise the government for not being able to create any growth? This doubling of numbers will pale into insignificance after April when the government's ideological attacks on the poor step up a gear. The government front bench should have their heads on sticks. Carry on blaming the previous government for this governments incompetence and the frankly sick policies they have put in place though wont you?
Number doubled in a year and we criticise the government for not being able to create any growth? This doubling of numbers will pale into insignificance after April when the government's ideological attacks on the poor step up a gear. The government front bench should have their heads on sticks. Carry on blaming the previous government for this governments incompetence and the frankly sick policies they have put in place though wont you? RollandSmoke
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4:51pm Wed 27 Feb 13

The Hoffster says...

If you lived within your means, there'd be no need for this.

And wonder how many kids they have (and still continue to have more)?

{rolleyes}
If you lived within your means, there'd be no need for this. And wonder how many kids they have (and still continue to have more)? {rolleyes} The Hoffster
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6:47pm Wed 27 Feb 13

RollandSmoke says...

The Hoffster wrote:
If you lived within your means, there'd be no need for this.

And wonder how many kids they have (and still continue to have more)?

{rolleyes}
"177 adults helped and 98 children, last month." What are these means you talk about. Do you mean the JSA which we are told is the minimum that someone can be expected to live on before they then decide you can afford to pay 25% of your council tax and possibly even a bedroom tax out of that same money without going through hardship? It's obvious that people are going to really struggle, it's sickening to see so many posters on here who are gloating at the prospect of that suffering
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: If you lived within your means, there'd be no need for this. And wonder how many kids they have (and still continue to have more)? {rolleyes}[/p][/quote]"177 adults helped and 98 children, last month." What are these means you talk about. Do you mean the JSA which we are told is the minimum that someone can be expected to live on before they then decide you can afford to pay 25% of your council tax and possibly even a bedroom tax out of that same money without going through hardship? It's obvious that people are going to really struggle, it's sickening to see so many posters on here who are gloating at the prospect of that suffering RollandSmoke
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8:49am Thu 28 Feb 13

i hate bradford says...

The people gloating are well known on here as thick so don't waste your energy trying to educate them.
In fact one of the negative comments come from a so called "benefits scrounger!!"
People who the benefits safety net turn away are the people in these queues and also the people waiting for a decision (which can take over 6 weeks) to decide whether they are even entitled to benefits after working all their lives and paying high taxes but have been made redundant.
Also many of these people have paid their taxes for many years in order for a safety net to be there in case of emergencies like redundancies. They are their benefits not other tax payers.

We always get the ignorant who say they are living on "their taxes" when in reality many of the people claiming have paid for these benefits for many many years but the government is stealing them as though they are their own money and the ignorant are too stupid to realize that if they are made redundant that safety net you have paid for in high taxes will not be there to catch you either.

Stop feeling smug you muppets because you never know when you too will need this net and when they refuse to pay up don't go whining about it, just remember your ignorant comments to others who were there before you.
The people gloating are well known on here as thick so don't waste your energy trying to educate them. In fact one of the negative comments come from a so called "benefits scrounger!!" People who the benefits safety net turn away are the people in these queues and also the people waiting for a decision (which can take over 6 weeks) to decide whether they are even entitled to benefits after working all their lives and paying high taxes but have been made redundant. Also many of these people have paid their taxes for many years in order for a safety net to be there in case of emergencies like redundancies. They are their benefits not other tax payers. We always get the ignorant who say they are living on "their taxes" when in reality many of the people claiming have paid for these benefits for many many years but the government is stealing them as though they are their own money and the ignorant are too stupid to realize that if they are made redundant that safety net you have paid for in high taxes will not be there to catch you either. Stop feeling smug you muppets because you never know when you too will need this net and when they refuse to pay up don't go whining about it, just remember your ignorant comments to others who were there before you. i hate bradford
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3:21am Fri 1 Mar 13

bradmat says...

i hate bradford wrote:
The people gloating are well known on here as thick so don't waste your energy trying to educate them. In fact one of the negative comments come from a so called "benefits scrounger!!" People who the benefits safety net turn away are the people in these queues and also the people waiting for a decision (which can take over 6 weeks) to decide whether they are even entitled to benefits after working all their lives and paying high taxes but have been made redundant. Also many of these people have paid their taxes for many years in order for a safety net to be there in case of emergencies like redundancies. They are their benefits not other tax payers. We always get the ignorant who say they are living on "their taxes" when in reality many of the people claiming have paid for these benefits for many many years but the government is stealing them as though they are their own money and the ignorant are too stupid to realize that if they are made redundant that safety net you have paid for in high taxes will not be there to catch you either. Stop feeling smug you muppets because you never know when you too will need this net and when they refuse to pay up don't go whining about it, just remember your ignorant comments to others who were there before you.
Excellant post
[quote][p][bold]i hate bradford[/bold] wrote: The people gloating are well known on here as thick so don't waste your energy trying to educate them. In fact one of the negative comments come from a so called "benefits scrounger!!" People who the benefits safety net turn away are the people in these queues and also the people waiting for a decision (which can take over 6 weeks) to decide whether they are even entitled to benefits after working all their lives and paying high taxes but have been made redundant. Also many of these people have paid their taxes for many years in order for a safety net to be there in case of emergencies like redundancies. They are their benefits not other tax payers. We always get the ignorant who say they are living on "their taxes" when in reality many of the people claiming have paid for these benefits for many many years but the government is stealing them as though they are their own money and the ignorant are too stupid to realize that if they are made redundant that safety net you have paid for in high taxes will not be there to catch you either. Stop feeling smug you muppets because you never know when you too will need this net and when they refuse to pay up don't go whining about it, just remember your ignorant comments to others who were there before you.[/p][/quote]Excellant post bradmat
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