Foodbank debate vote called "disgusting" by angry resident

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Kim Hartshorne who used to work with Cirencester Food Bank Kim Hartshorne who used to work with Cirencester Food Bank

A DISGUSTED Cirencester resident has hit out after Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown refused to support a national call to investigate a growing dependence on foodbanks.

Stephen Morton said he was “disgusted” that in a recent Parliamentary debate, 296 MPs, including Mr Clifton-Brown, voted against investigating food bank use and the causes of UK hunger.

Trussell Trust foodbanks said that across the UK, the past 12 months has seen the sharpest rise in the number of people turning to the organisation for help since the charity was launched in 2000.

Almost 350,000 people have received at least three days worth of emergency food in the last 12 months, three times the number of people helped in 2011-12. About a third of those helped are under the age of 18.

“Given that the Cirencester foodbank is feeding even more people, Mr Clifton-Brown’s refusal to support the Bill is a slap in the face for everyone involved and everyone who donated food,” said Mr Morton.

Mr Clifton-Brown said there was misunderstanding about what the Parliamentary debate was about, and that it had been to discuss opposition suggestions on foodbank use.

“Foodbank use increased tenfold under the last Labour Government even during times of economic growth, however it is true that foodbank use has increased in recent years,” he said. “This is in part due to global food prices hitting an all time high in early January 2011 as well as the Government removing restrictions on advertising for foodbanks so their existence is more widely known.”

He said a number of measures to tackle poverty and the cost of living for low income families had been introduced by the Government, including freezing council tax, tackling child care costs, and freezing fuel duty.

He added: “The Chancellor has announced that from September 2014 the Government will fund free school lunches for all state-funded pupils in reception, year 1 and 2 and disadvantaged students in further education and sixth form colleges.”

Cirencester Baptist Church pastor Matt Frost meets with and recommends those he feels will benefit from using a foodbank. He said: “The need has always been there but now the foodbanks have taken off. Foodbanks are so accessible now, that the people who need it make use of it.”

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9:38pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Col Mustard says...

As Clifton-Brown has access to the subsidised bars and taxpayer -funded canteens in Westminster why be surprised at his Maria Theresa uttering of "Let them eat cake" ........

Dont forget Dave and his pals have said "We are all in this together" ....
some of us that is , being more in it than the rest.....

And if you think the likes of Clegg and Milliband are any different , they are all the same...... Shame on you all...
As Clifton-Brown has access to the subsidised bars and taxpayer -funded canteens in Westminster why be surprised at his Maria Theresa uttering of "Let them eat cake" ........ Dont forget Dave and his pals have said "We are all in this together" .... some of us that is , being more in it than the rest..... And if you think the likes of Clegg and Milliband are any different , they are all the same...... Shame on you all... Col Mustard
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6:19am Tue 4 Feb 14

Olly Cromwell says...

No doubt Geoffrey will be out bagging a few more pheasants for the plebs
No doubt Geoffrey will be out bagging a few more pheasants for the plebs Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 12

2:10pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Cotswold Lad says...

Foodbanks and their expansion will haunt GCB come the election. "Misunderstanding" my arse, as they say. Mr Morton is right to be disgusted.
Foodbanks and their expansion will haunt GCB come the election. "Misunderstanding" my arse, as they say. Mr Morton is right to be disgusted. Cotswold Lad
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8:42am Thu 6 Feb 14

Iansky says...

Why would we even suspect those who are our elected representatives in Government are interested in the plight of others?

They are too busy feathering their own nests at our expense with little or no regard for those who suffer.
Why would we even suspect those who are our elected representatives in Government are interested in the plight of others? They are too busy feathering their own nests at our expense with little or no regard for those who suffer. Iansky
  • Score: 5
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