With yet another report blaming food poverty on delays in benefit payments, George Osborne will likely be called on to take personal responsibility for his role in a rise in food poverty — after he acted to deliberately increase waiting times for desperate claimants.
“We will also introduce a new seven-day wait before people can claim their benefits. Those first few days should be spent looking for work, not looking to sign on.”
With the government consistently claiming that there is “no robust evidence that welfare reforms or benefit administration are linked to increased use of food banks”, perhaps Gideon and pals will now listen to members of their own party — the Feeding Britain report authors include Conservative MPs Sarah Newton and John Glen (who was previously the Tories’ director of research), along with peer Baroness Jenkin.
They state that:
“Benefit-related problems was the single biggest reason given for food bank referrals by almost every food bank that presented evidence to us.
Delays are a singled out as a “key reason” for people turning to food banks:
“We heard extensive evidence suggesting that lengthy delays in the administration, and subsequent receipt, of benefit payments is causing severe hardship for new claimants.
But what’s a few hungry families when you can look nice and tough for the Daily Mail, eh George?