Britons on the breadline – independent.co.uk

An Independent on Sunday investigation: Charities warn the Government’s plan to reform benefits will mean a huge rise in numbers relying on foodbanks. – independent.co.uk

Rachel Shields writes…

While foodbanks may be an alien concept to many living in Britain today, the number of these centres helping the needy has grown rapidly in the past few years….

The Government recently announced that everyone on incapacity benefit will have to go through tests known as Work Capability Assessments to see if they are fit for work.

The Department for Work and Pensions estimates that, of the 1.5 million people currently on IB, 750,000 will move on to jobseeker’s allowance (JSA), 300,000 will move on to other benefits, and 450,000 will come off benefits entirely.

Neil Coyle, director of policy for the charity Disability Alliance.

For people to be pushed into poverty and forced to rely on food parcels to eat – something we all think of as a basic human right – is disgusting.

Chris Mould, director of the Trussell Trust.

What worries us is the amount of people who come to us because their benefits status is being reassessed and they’ve had their benefits stopped; if hundreds of thousands of people are being reassessed, we fear there will be huge problems.

Independent on Sunday investigation: Britons on the breadline.

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  1. We know there are going to be changes in the welfare system, and we know that when people transfer over, there will be delays. So we need to understand that people are going to fall through the cracks. – Phillip Blond ResPublica

    People most likely to be adversely affected are those living in the poorest areas. The Department for Work and Pensions has insisted that people being reassessed would not have benefits stopped or experience delays in receiving new benefits.

    However, answers to a parliamentary question posed by Andrew Selous MP revealed that in January this year 37,046 people waited 17 days or more for their JSA, with 20,068 waiting 22 days or more.

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