Jacob Rees-Mogg has made more of his views on hot topics known as he called the rise in use of food bank use as “rather uplifting.”
Jacob said the rise in food banks are encouraging as, we quote from him: “I don’t think the state can do everything.” He went on to say that the reason why there’s an increase is because people “didn’t know they were there before” – however, many critics will rightfully point out its more likely due to increasing poverty and inequality levels due to crippling austerity that has seen welfare slashed to the bare minimum as the main reason as to why food bank usage has skyrocketing numbers, rather simply because people suddenly found out about them later.
The latest statistics according to the the Trussell Trust, an anti-poverty charity that runs more than 420 food banks across the UK, are the following:
April 2016 – March 2017
UK foodbank use continues to rise with over one million three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis in 2016/17.
April 2016 – September 2016
More than 500,000 three day emergency food parcels distributed to people in crisis in first half of 2016 – over 188,500 to children.
Food bank usage has increased year on year, and the numbers began skyrocketing when the Tory-Lib Dem, and after the Tory government’s austerity measures started to take effect, as shown again by the Trussell Trust.
Some people might see the argument that it is preferable that people use food banks instead of welfare to feed themselves, but for many, the idea is horrible and shameful.
Jacob Rees-Mogg’s full speech can be listened to by clicking here.
by Berk Bektas
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