Four-fold increase in food bank needy at Lee Chapel

Basildon Recorder: Four-fold increase in food bank needy Four-fold increase in food bank needy

DEMAND for handouts from a Basildon food bank could grow four-fold in the next year – leaving organisers fearful they won’t be able to cope.

Lee Chapel North Community Centre’s food bank, in Ballards Walk, Laindon, says it is seeing a growing demand for its services – including many who are in work, but so poorly paid they can’t afford enough food to survive.

In the first six months of 2013, volunteers gave out 52 food parcels. In the first three months of this year, they have issued 126.

John McKay, who runs the food bank, says he sees no sign of demand reducing.

He explained: “If it keeps going the way it is going and too many people come to us at one time, we will run out of food very quickly.

“We are desperate for funding to give us a back-up, so if there is a big surge, we can buy the food to feed them.

“People come to us, saying they have a job but don’t have enough to pay for food.

“Most are on minimum wage, or zero-hours contracts.

Sometimes they’re expected to turn up for work, just to see if they are needed that day – and if they aren’t, they don’t get paid.

“According to the unemployement statistics, if you’re in that situation, you have a job, so you don’t get jobseeker’s allowance.

“Everyone we talk to wants a job. If any politician says this is not happening, they should just stand outside our place and see.”

Lee Chapel North councillor Nigel Smith, leader of the Labour group on the council, said: “It’s a dreadful situation.

People who are working need to be treated properly.

“We need to get rid of zero hours contracts, pay people a living wage and work with trade unions. People who are working shouldn’t need to be using food banks.”

However, Tory Phil Turner, who is deputy leader of the council and represents Billercay West is sceptical.

He said: “So much anecdotal evidence is given about who is accessing food banks. but until you can see who is suffering and why, it is open to speculation.

“Labour is trying to pull the wool over everybody’s eyes by saying the cost of living is outstretching people and they won’t be able to afford to live.

“When I was younger, my parents didn’t earn a lot, but they cut their cloth accordingly.

“We live in a world where everybody wants everything and they want it now. What are you prepared to give up? Your iPhone? Sky TV?

“There’s a need to survive and pay your way in society and we have lost a bit of that fundamental value.”

TO get help from Lee Chapel food bank, people have to be referred by one of several organisations.

These include the Citizens Advice Bureau, Jobcentre Plus, Family Mosaic, Swan Housing Foyer, Basildon Resource Centre, Basildon Council’s homeless department, Essex Social Care and Barnardo’s.

Claimants must prove they are in need and are then given a voucher to hand in at the food bank.

It entitles them to enough food for their family for three days.

They must provide identification when they arrive.

Accepted reasons to qualify for food vouchers include benefit delays, benefit changes, debts, delayed wages, homelessness, low income and domestic violence and sickness.

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9:09am Mon 12 May 14

pembury53 says...

they should position these food banks in the busiest parts of town, or even better right outside the council offices, a reminder each day of what people are voting for....
they should position these food banks in the busiest parts of town, or even better right outside the council offices, a reminder each day of what people are voting for.... pembury53
  • Score: -1

10:07am Mon 12 May 14

profondo asbo says...

got iphone and sky tv?
got iphone and sky tv? profondo asbo
  • Score: 11

10:37am Mon 12 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

They should cut the 'foodbank' in The Bas Centre. The one that the big bellied beltstrainers of the Council get to trough at freeman's every day.....
They should cut the 'foodbank' in The Bas Centre. The one that the big bellied beltstrainers of the Council get to trough at freeman's every day..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

11:15am Mon 12 May 14

angryofessex says...

“According to the unemployment statistics, if you’re in that situation, you have a job, so you don’t get jobseeker’s allowance”

But you are entitled to child benefit, housing benefit and income support. If people cannot afford food, they are spending money on other things.
“According to the unemployment statistics, if you’re in that situation, you have a job, so you don’t get jobseeker’s allowance” But you are entitled to child benefit, housing benefit and income support. If people cannot afford food, they are spending money on other things. angryofessex
  • Score: 8

1:08pm Mon 12 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

There he goes again, Nigel Smith bemoaning the situation yet his government created it.

His government inflicted mass uncontrolled immigration on this country with the resulting exploitation by greedy employers, of cheap foreign labour, quite happy to be paid beneath and just on the minimum wage, thereby driving our wages and conditions right down.

£6.50 an hour, total joke. How can that be realistic and let's face it, the minimum wage has been hovering around that mark for years, it has hardly budged. It has increased in PENCE over the last decade, not pounds.

The Tories have done no better with it. All employers that discriminate against British workers by mass employing - and housing - cheap foreign labour, should be prosecuted under the Race Relations Act. This is overt racism and discrimination. And ethnic monitoring forms should be banned. That's another form of discrimination.

And I don't need the usual leftie lecture on lazy British workers. Absolute cobblers, there are thousands of indigenous people out of work who are desperate for jobs. There are just as many lazy scroungers that are immigrants, if not more.

I've seen it first hand, watched a place I worked in rapidly transformed into a workplace almost entirely populated by foreigners - it was done deliberately too. And that's because they know a lot of these people will work 15 hour shifts, several in a row, which is dangerous in the extreme in certain types of jobs where attention levels need to be constant.

They even got workers to sign out of the EU working hours directive.

Funny how you can bend the rules in this country when it suits the unscrupulous and the greedy.

So we need no lectures from Labour on the economy and linked poverty. They were the architects of it.
There he goes again, Nigel Smith bemoaning the situation yet his government created it. His government inflicted mass uncontrolled immigration on this country with the resulting exploitation by greedy employers, of cheap foreign labour, quite happy to be paid beneath and just on the minimum wage, thereby driving our wages and conditions right down. £6.50 an hour, total joke. How can that be realistic and let's face it, the minimum wage has been hovering around that mark for years, it has hardly budged. It has increased in PENCE over the last decade, not pounds. The Tories have done no better with it. All employers that discriminate against British workers by mass employing - and housing - cheap foreign labour, should be prosecuted under the Race Relations Act. This is overt racism and discrimination. And ethnic monitoring forms should be banned. That's another form of discrimination. And I don't need the usual leftie lecture on lazy British workers. Absolute cobblers, there are thousands of indigenous people out of work who are desperate for jobs. There are just as many lazy scroungers that are immigrants, if not more. I've seen it first hand, watched a place I worked in rapidly transformed into a workplace almost entirely populated by foreigners - it was done deliberately too. And that's because they know a lot of these people will work 15 hour shifts, several in a row, which is dangerous in the extreme in certain types of jobs where attention levels need to be constant. They even got workers to sign out of the EU working hours directive. Funny how you can bend the rules in this country when it suits the unscrupulous and the greedy. So we need no lectures from Labour on the economy and linked poverty. They were the architects of it. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 2

2:02pm Mon 12 May 14

profondo asbo says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
There he goes again, Nigel Smith bemoaning the situation yet his government created it.

His government inflicted mass uncontrolled immigration on this country with the resulting exploitation by greedy employers, of cheap foreign labour, quite happy to be paid beneath and just on the minimum wage, thereby driving our wages and conditions right down.

£6.50 an hour, total joke. How can that be realistic and let's face it, the minimum wage has been hovering around that mark for years, it has hardly budged. It has increased in PENCE over the last decade, not pounds.

The Tories have done no better with it. All employers that discriminate against British workers by mass employing - and housing - cheap foreign labour, should be prosecuted under the Race Relations Act. This is overt racism and discrimination. And ethnic monitoring forms should be banned. That's another form of discrimination.

And I don't need the usual leftie lecture on lazy British workers. Absolute cobblers, there are thousands of indigenous people out of work who are desperate for jobs. There are just as many lazy scroungers that are immigrants, if not more.

I've seen it first hand, watched a place I worked in rapidly transformed into a workplace almost entirely populated by foreigners - it was done deliberately too. And that's because they know a lot of these people will work 15 hour shifts, several in a row, which is dangerous in the extreme in certain types of jobs where attention levels need to be constant.

They even got workers to sign out of the EU working hours directive.

Funny how you can bend the rules in this country when it suits the unscrupulous and the greedy.

So we need no lectures from Labour on the economy and linked poverty. They were the architects of it.
ever thought of running your own business so you're not at the mercy of somebody else paying you the minimum wage?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: There he goes again, Nigel Smith bemoaning the situation yet his government created it. His government inflicted mass uncontrolled immigration on this country with the resulting exploitation by greedy employers, of cheap foreign labour, quite happy to be paid beneath and just on the minimum wage, thereby driving our wages and conditions right down. £6.50 an hour, total joke. How can that be realistic and let's face it, the minimum wage has been hovering around that mark for years, it has hardly budged. It has increased in PENCE over the last decade, not pounds. The Tories have done no better with it. All employers that discriminate against British workers by mass employing - and housing - cheap foreign labour, should be prosecuted under the Race Relations Act. This is overt racism and discrimination. And ethnic monitoring forms should be banned. That's another form of discrimination. And I don't need the usual leftie lecture on lazy British workers. Absolute cobblers, there are thousands of indigenous people out of work who are desperate for jobs. There are just as many lazy scroungers that are immigrants, if not more. I've seen it first hand, watched a place I worked in rapidly transformed into a workplace almost entirely populated by foreigners - it was done deliberately too. And that's because they know a lot of these people will work 15 hour shifts, several in a row, which is dangerous in the extreme in certain types of jobs where attention levels need to be constant. They even got workers to sign out of the EU working hours directive. Funny how you can bend the rules in this country when it suits the unscrupulous and the greedy. So we need no lectures from Labour on the economy and linked poverty. They were the architects of it.[/p][/quote]ever thought of running your own business so you're not at the mercy of somebody else paying you the minimum wage? profondo asbo
  • Score: -3

2:05pm Mon 12 May 14

profondo asbo says...

if there were cigarette banks would there be less requirement for food banks? better to just cut out the middle man and pay a percentage of benefits as food stamps.
if there were cigarette banks would there be less requirement for food banks? better to just cut out the middle man and pay a percentage of benefits as food stamps. profondo asbo
  • Score: 5

3:06pm Mon 12 May 14

pembury53 says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
There he goes again, Nigel Smith bemoaning the situation yet his government created it. His government inflicted mass uncontrolled immigration on this country with the resulting exploitation by greedy employers, of cheap foreign labour, quite happy to be paid beneath and just on the minimum wage, thereby driving our wages and conditions right down. £6.50 an hour, total joke. How can that be realistic and let's face it, the minimum wage has been hovering around that mark for years, it has hardly budged. It has increased in PENCE over the last decade, not pounds. The Tories have done no better with it. All employers that discriminate against British workers by mass employing - and housing - cheap foreign labour, should be prosecuted under the Race Relations Act. This is overt racism and discrimination. And ethnic monitoring forms should be banned. That's another form of discrimination. And I don't need the usual leftie lecture on lazy British workers. Absolute cobblers, there are thousands of indigenous people out of work who are desperate for jobs. There are just as many lazy scroungers that are immigrants, if not more. I've seen it first hand, watched a place I worked in rapidly transformed into a workplace almost entirely populated by foreigners - it was done deliberately too. And that's because they know a lot of these people will work 15 hour shifts, several in a row, which is dangerous in the extreme in certain types of jobs where attention levels need to be constant. They even got workers to sign out of the EU working hours directive. Funny how you can bend the rules in this country when it suits the unscrupulous and the greedy. So we need no lectures from Labour on the economy and linked poverty. They were the architects of it.
That is word for word 100% correct...... i have also seen it first hand, and would just add how the employers get around the law is to simply use agencies that they know will supply the 'right ethnicity' 'no questions asked'.... how else could a business employing 200 people end up with a workforce that is 50% eastern european.....
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: There he goes again, Nigel Smith bemoaning the situation yet his government created it. His government inflicted mass uncontrolled immigration on this country with the resulting exploitation by greedy employers, of cheap foreign labour, quite happy to be paid beneath and just on the minimum wage, thereby driving our wages and conditions right down. £6.50 an hour, total joke. How can that be realistic and let's face it, the minimum wage has been hovering around that mark for years, it has hardly budged. It has increased in PENCE over the last decade, not pounds. The Tories have done no better with it. All employers that discriminate against British workers by mass employing - and housing - cheap foreign labour, should be prosecuted under the Race Relations Act. This is overt racism and discrimination. And ethnic monitoring forms should be banned. That's another form of discrimination. And I don't need the usual leftie lecture on lazy British workers. Absolute cobblers, there are thousands of indigenous people out of work who are desperate for jobs. There are just as many lazy scroungers that are immigrants, if not more. I've seen it first hand, watched a place I worked in rapidly transformed into a workplace almost entirely populated by foreigners - it was done deliberately too. And that's because they know a lot of these people will work 15 hour shifts, several in a row, which is dangerous in the extreme in certain types of jobs where attention levels need to be constant. They even got workers to sign out of the EU working hours directive. Funny how you can bend the rules in this country when it suits the unscrupulous and the greedy. So we need no lectures from Labour on the economy and linked poverty. They were the architects of it.[/p][/quote]That is word for word 100% correct...... i have also seen it first hand, and would just add how the employers get around the law is to simply use agencies that they know will supply the 'right ethnicity' 'no questions asked'.... how else could a business employing 200 people end up with a workforce that is 50% eastern european..... pembury53
  • Score: 0

3:23pm Mon 12 May 14

I Love Making Money Illegally says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
There he goes again, Nigel Smith bemoaning the situation yet his government created it.

His government inflicted mass uncontrolled immigration on this country with the resulting exploitation by greedy employers, of cheap foreign labour, quite happy to be paid beneath and just on the minimum wage, thereby driving our wages and conditions right down.

£6.50 an hour, total joke. How can that be realistic and let's face it, the minimum wage has been hovering around that mark for years, it has hardly budged. It has increased in PENCE over the last decade, not pounds.

The Tories have done no better with it. All employers that discriminate against British workers by mass employing - and housing - cheap foreign labour, should be prosecuted under the Race Relations Act. This is overt racism and discrimination. And ethnic monitoring forms should be banned. That's another form of discrimination.

And I don't need the usual leftie lecture on lazy British workers. Absolute cobblers, there are thousands of indigenous people out of work who are desperate for jobs. There are just as many lazy scroungers that are immigrants, if not more.

I've seen it first hand, watched a place I worked in rapidly transformed into a workplace almost entirely populated by foreigners - it was done deliberately too. And that's because they know a lot of these people will work 15 hour shifts, several in a row, which is dangerous in the extreme in certain types of jobs where attention levels need to be constant.

They even got workers to sign out of the EU working hours directive.

Funny how you can bend the rules in this country when it suits the unscrupulous and the greedy.

So we need no lectures from Labour on the economy and linked poverty. They were the architects of it.
What a loads of crap. There's loads of money out there to be made. I make money illegally, and I get along fine in life. Even got enough for partying on the weekends. And I don't work no. Why should I work? Why should I be used as a government slave and get maybe a few quid an hour stacking shelves? F5uck that for a laugh. If i didn't have any money, i'd just walk into a supermarket and shoplift food. Well I still do to be honest. That's why I probably have loads of money because I don't pay for hardly anything.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: There he goes again, Nigel Smith bemoaning the situation yet his government created it. His government inflicted mass uncontrolled immigration on this country with the resulting exploitation by greedy employers, of cheap foreign labour, quite happy to be paid beneath and just on the minimum wage, thereby driving our wages and conditions right down. £6.50 an hour, total joke. How can that be realistic and let's face it, the minimum wage has been hovering around that mark for years, it has hardly budged. It has increased in PENCE over the last decade, not pounds. The Tories have done no better with it. All employers that discriminate against British workers by mass employing - and housing - cheap foreign labour, should be prosecuted under the Race Relations Act. This is overt racism and discrimination. And ethnic monitoring forms should be banned. That's another form of discrimination. And I don't need the usual leftie lecture on lazy British workers. Absolute cobblers, there are thousands of indigenous people out of work who are desperate for jobs. There are just as many lazy scroungers that are immigrants, if not more. I've seen it first hand, watched a place I worked in rapidly transformed into a workplace almost entirely populated by foreigners - it was done deliberately too. And that's because they know a lot of these people will work 15 hour shifts, several in a row, which is dangerous in the extreme in certain types of jobs where attention levels need to be constant. They even got workers to sign out of the EU working hours directive. Funny how you can bend the rules in this country when it suits the unscrupulous and the greedy. So we need no lectures from Labour on the economy and linked poverty. They were the architects of it.[/p][/quote]What a loads of crap. There's loads of money out there to be made. I make money illegally, and I get along fine in life. Even got enough for partying on the weekends. And I don't work no. Why should I work? Why should I be used as a government slave and get maybe a few quid an hour stacking shelves? F5uck that for a laugh. If i didn't have any money, i'd just walk into a supermarket and shoplift food. Well I still do to be honest. That's why I probably have loads of money because I don't pay for hardly anything. I Love Making Money Illegally
  • Score: -2

4:51pm Mon 12 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Put a trough out, and watch the Pigs trot in for the freebies...
Put a trough out, and watch the Pigs trot in for the freebies... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 3

5:54pm Mon 12 May 14

John Bull 40 says...

I Love Making Money Illegally wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
There he goes again, Nigel Smith bemoaning the situation yet his government created it.

His government inflicted mass uncontrolled immigration on this country with the resulting exploitation by greedy employers, of cheap foreign labour, quite happy to be paid beneath and just on the minimum wage, thereby driving our wages and conditions right down.

£6.50 an hour, total joke. How can that be realistic and let's face it, the minimum wage has been hovering around that mark for years, it has hardly budged. It has increased in PENCE over the last decade, not pounds.

The Tories have done no better with it. All employers that discriminate against British workers by mass employing - and housing - cheap foreign labour, should be prosecuted under the Race Relations Act. This is overt racism and discrimination. And ethnic monitoring forms should be banned. That's another form of discrimination.

And I don't need the usual leftie lecture on lazy British workers. Absolute cobblers, there are thousands of indigenous people out of work who are desperate for jobs. There are just as many lazy scroungers that are immigrants, if not more.

I've seen it first hand, watched a place I worked in rapidly transformed into a workplace almost entirely populated by foreigners - it was done deliberately too. And that's because they know a lot of these people will work 15 hour shifts, several in a row, which is dangerous in the extreme in certain types of jobs where attention levels need to be constant.

They even got workers to sign out of the EU working hours directive.

Funny how you can bend the rules in this country when it suits the unscrupulous and the greedy.

So we need no lectures from Labour on the economy and linked poverty. They were the architects of it.
What a loads of crap. There's loads of money out there to be made. I make money illegally, and I get along fine in life. Even got enough for partying on the weekends. And I don't work no. Why should I work? Why should I be used as a government slave and get maybe a few quid an hour stacking shelves? F5uck that for a laugh. If i didn't have any money, i'd just walk into a supermarket and shoplift food. Well I still do to be honest. That's why I probably have loads of money because I don't pay for hardly anything.
He has changed his name again,but still the same old rubbish comments.
[quote][p][bold]I Love Making Money Illegally[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: There he goes again, Nigel Smith bemoaning the situation yet his government created it. His government inflicted mass uncontrolled immigration on this country with the resulting exploitation by greedy employers, of cheap foreign labour, quite happy to be paid beneath and just on the minimum wage, thereby driving our wages and conditions right down. £6.50 an hour, total joke. How can that be realistic and let's face it, the minimum wage has been hovering around that mark for years, it has hardly budged. It has increased in PENCE over the last decade, not pounds. The Tories have done no better with it. All employers that discriminate against British workers by mass employing - and housing - cheap foreign labour, should be prosecuted under the Race Relations Act. This is overt racism and discrimination. And ethnic monitoring forms should be banned. That's another form of discrimination. And I don't need the usual leftie lecture on lazy British workers. Absolute cobblers, there are thousands of indigenous people out of work who are desperate for jobs. There are just as many lazy scroungers that are immigrants, if not more. I've seen it first hand, watched a place I worked in rapidly transformed into a workplace almost entirely populated by foreigners - it was done deliberately too. And that's because they know a lot of these people will work 15 hour shifts, several in a row, which is dangerous in the extreme in certain types of jobs where attention levels need to be constant. They even got workers to sign out of the EU working hours directive. Funny how you can bend the rules in this country when it suits the unscrupulous and the greedy. So we need no lectures from Labour on the economy and linked poverty. They were the architects of it.[/p][/quote]What a loads of crap. There's loads of money out there to be made. I make money illegally, and I get along fine in life. Even got enough for partying on the weekends. And I don't work no. Why should I work? Why should I be used as a government slave and get maybe a few quid an hour stacking shelves? F5uck that for a laugh. If i didn't have any money, i'd just walk into a supermarket and shoplift food. Well I still do to be honest. That's why I probably have loads of money because I don't pay for hardly anything.[/p][/quote]He has changed his name again,but still the same old rubbish comments. John Bull 40
  • Score: 2

7:25am Tue 13 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Better off setting up a soup kitchen, then only the genuine and hungry would attend, because some of these scroungers, have spare cash, but are just bloody dishonest.
Set up a Soup/gruel field kitchen like they had in Stallingrad
Better off setting up a soup kitchen, then only the genuine and hungry would attend, because some of these scroungers, have spare cash, but are just bloody dishonest. Set up a Soup/gruel field kitchen like they had in Stallingrad carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 6

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