7.5k parcels given to Blackburn's hungry residents in foodbank 'outrage'

Blackburn Citizen: 7,508 parcels given to Blackburn's hungry residents in foodbank 'outrage' 7,508 parcels given to Blackburn's hungry residents in foodbank 'outrage'

THOUSANDS of people have received help from East Lancashire’s food-banks in the past 12 months, new figures reveal.

Three-day emergency food parcels from the Brunswick Street food-bank in Blackburn were given to 7,508 people, 2,903 of whom were children.

The figures obtained by the Lancashire Telegraph show how many people from each council ward visited the foodbank and why.

A total of 1,067 people from Shadsworth and Whitebirk went to the foodbank in the past year. Half were children.

And 1,098 people from Wensley Fold were refer-red for emergency help, 304 of whom were children, making these wards the ones where people used foodbanks the most.

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The reasons for referrals included benefit delays and changes, children’s holidays, domestic viol-ence and sickness.

Benefit delays and changes was by far the biggest reason why people were referred, accounting for 2,645 and 1,435 referrals respectively.

The category with the largest percentage of children, other than the children’s school holiday meals, was domestic violence, with 60 per cent of child referrals.

Ros Duerden, project manager at the centre, said: “We’re seeing growing numbers turning to Blackburn foodbank for help, which shouldn’t be happening in the seventh richest country in the world.

“The reality is that life is very difficult for people on low incomes.”

Rossendale’s Raft Foundation provided food parcels to 450 households in the 12 months up to December 2013. So far this year, it has given out nearly 16,000 meals.

A new collection point for non-perishable items is due to be opened at Asda in Rawtenstall to help meet demand.

Coordinator Caroline Collins said: “We have seen a rise in the number of families being referred.”

In Burnley and Hyndburn, Community Solutions received 484 referrals to its services in December 2013 alone – a 128 per cent increase on the year before.

Kate Hollern, leader of Blackburn with Darwen council, said: “Severe budget cuts to local public services, with more to come, cuts to benefits hitting the most vulnerable and the cost of living crisis mean continuing hardship for many people.

“It’s an outrage that foodbanks are needed in 21st century Britain but it is a godsend these organisations are here.”

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1:19pm Tue 22 Apr 14

hunter3062 says...

food for thought..hmmm i see these guys handing out these parcels to family's on my street and the majority of them have decent amounts of money coming in each week they still go to football,drink,smoke have hefty debt at brighthouse for non essential items.its crazy people will take charity even if its not needed.maybe i might give it a go and cut my food bill in half.cut your numbers help the needy not the downright greedy.
food for thought..hmmm i see these guys handing out these parcels to family's on my street and the majority of them have decent amounts of money coming in each week they still go to football,drink,smoke have hefty debt at brighthouse for non essential items.its crazy people will take charity even if its not needed.maybe i might give it a go and cut my food bill in half.cut your numbers help the needy not the downright greedy. hunter3062
  • Score: 26

1:20pm Tue 22 Apr 14

shytalk says...

And Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has welcomed a fall in unemployment.....
You couldn't make it up could you?
It makes me wonder how this government and its supporters can sleep at night.
And Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has welcomed a fall in unemployment..... You couldn't make it up could you? It makes me wonder how this government and its supporters can sleep at night. shytalk
  • Score: 18

1:50pm Tue 22 Apr 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

hunter3062 wrote:
food for thought..hmmm i see these guys handing out these parcels to family's on my street and the majority of them have decent amounts of money coming in each week they still go to football,drink,smoke have hefty debt at brighthouse for non essential items.its crazy people will take charity even if its not needed.maybe i might give it a go and cut my food bill in half.cut your numbers help the needy not the downright greedy.
its funny how your sort of people always have ''one of these'' at the bottom or on your street and the people who use the food banks show you their bank statements/wage slips etc and they obviously don't mind that they live near a stalker(you) as you know they go to football and drink.oh you don't follow them to Brighthouse as well do you???.
[quote][p][bold]hunter3062[/bold] wrote: food for thought..hmmm i see these guys handing out these parcels to family's on my street and the majority of them have decent amounts of money coming in each week they still go to football,drink,smoke have hefty debt at brighthouse for non essential items.its crazy people will take charity even if its not needed.maybe i might give it a go and cut my food bill in half.cut your numbers help the needy not the downright greedy.[/p][/quote]its funny how your sort of people always have ''one of these'' at the bottom or on your street and the people who use the food banks show you their bank statements/wage slips etc and they obviously don't mind that they live near a stalker(you) as you know they go to football and drink.oh you don't follow them to Brighthouse as well do you???. ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: -4

1:52pm Tue 22 Apr 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

shytalk wrote:
And Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has welcomed a fall in unemployment.....
You couldn't make it up could you?
It makes me wonder how this government and its supporters can sleep at night.
Shakespeare did say the pen is mightier than the sword!!!
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: And Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has welcomed a fall in unemployment..... You couldn't make it up could you? It makes me wonder how this government and its supporters can sleep at night.[/p][/quote]Shakespeare did say the pen is mightier than the sword!!! ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 6

1:56pm Tue 22 Apr 14

shytalk says...

hunter3062 wrote:
food for thought..hmmm i see these guys handing out these parcels to family's on my street and the majority of them have decent amounts of money coming in each week they still go to football,drink,smoke have hefty debt at brighthouse for non essential items.its crazy people will take charity even if its not needed.maybe i might give it a go and cut my food bill in half.cut your numbers help the needy not the downright greedy.
Don't talk ccrap
[quote][p][bold]hunter3062[/bold] wrote: food for thought..hmmm i see these guys handing out these parcels to family's on my street and the majority of them have decent amounts of money coming in each week they still go to football,drink,smoke have hefty debt at brighthouse for non essential items.its crazy people will take charity even if its not needed.maybe i might give it a go and cut my food bill in half.cut your numbers help the needy not the downright greedy.[/p][/quote]Don't talk ccrap shytalk
  • Score: -7

1:57pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Cimbri says...

I think that the greater public 'outrage' should be directed at those places, where it takes far too long to process any claim, especially where there are children concerned.
In an age where a purchase may be made online and delivered the following day, these places tend to rely on the postal services, to relay information to each other, in spite of the huge sums that have been spent on their individual computer systems.
Peoples needs should be assessed by the front line staff, where a sense of urgency can be given, rather than going through the full, drawn out process to achieve the same result, some weeks later.
How these people can describe themselves as being public servants, defeats me, where in actual fact, they are just slaves to an over-engineered bureaucracy, that serves nobody, any good.
I think that the greater public 'outrage' should be directed at those places, where it takes far too long to process any claim, especially where there are children concerned. In an age where a purchase may be made online and delivered the following day, these places tend to rely on the postal services, to relay information to each other, in spite of the huge sums that have been spent on their individual computer systems. Peoples needs should be assessed by the front line staff, where a sense of urgency can be given, rather than going through the full, drawn out process to achieve the same result, some weeks later. How these people can describe themselves as being public servants, defeats me, where in actual fact, they are just slaves to an over-engineered bureaucracy, that serves nobody, any good. Cimbri
  • Score: 9

2:33pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Cimbri says...

shytalk wrote:
And Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has welcomed a fall in unemployment.....
You couldn't make it up could you?
It makes me wonder how this government and its supporters can sleep at night.
With the way that these figures are produced nowadays, only the most gormless amongst us would give them any credence at all.
For instance, if you are sent on a course to improve your English or Math, to make you more employable, you are no longer counted as being unemployed. Or even, if your benefits are stopped (or sanctioned, as it's euphemistically called) on the date of the count, you don't feature in the figures.
With successive governments manipulating these seemingly basic facts to suit their own ends, I think that the overwhelming majority of us have stopped believing them, years ago.
Given recent events, one could easily forgive Nigel Evans for not answering his phone at all, rather than answering it, then making such remarks. For it is better at times, to appear foolish in silence, than opening your mouth and confirming it.
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: And Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has welcomed a fall in unemployment..... You couldn't make it up could you? It makes me wonder how this government and its supporters can sleep at night.[/p][/quote]With the way that these figures are produced nowadays, only the most gormless amongst us would give them any credence at all. For instance, if you are sent on a course to improve your English or Math, to make you more employable, you are no longer counted as being unemployed. Or even, if your benefits are stopped (or sanctioned, as it's euphemistically called) on the date of the count, you don't feature in the figures. With successive governments manipulating these seemingly basic facts to suit their own ends, I think that the overwhelming majority of us have stopped believing them, years ago. Given recent events, one could easily forgive Nigel Evans for not answering his phone at all, rather than answering it, then making such remarks. For it is better at times, to appear foolish in silence, than opening your mouth and confirming it. Cimbri
  • Score: 11

2:58pm Tue 22 Apr 14

shytalk says...

Cimbri wrote:
shytalk wrote:
And Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has welcomed a fall in unemployment.....
You couldn't make it up could you?
It makes me wonder how this government and its supporters can sleep at night.
With the way that these figures are produced nowadays, only the most gormless amongst us would give them any credence at all.
For instance, if you are sent on a course to improve your English or Math, to make you more employable, you are no longer counted as being unemployed. Or even, if your benefits are stopped (or sanctioned, as it's euphemistically called) on the date of the count, you don't feature in the figures.
With successive governments manipulating these seemingly basic facts to suit their own ends, I think that the overwhelming majority of us have stopped believing them, years ago.
Given recent events, one could easily forgive Nigel Evans for not answering his phone at all, rather than answering it, then making such remarks. For it is better at times, to appear foolish in silence, than opening your mouth and confirming it.
Very well put. I couldn't agree more Cimbri
[quote][p][bold]Cimbri[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: And Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has welcomed a fall in unemployment..... You couldn't make it up could you? It makes me wonder how this government and its supporters can sleep at night.[/p][/quote]With the way that these figures are produced nowadays, only the most gormless amongst us would give them any credence at all. For instance, if you are sent on a course to improve your English or Math, to make you more employable, you are no longer counted as being unemployed. Or even, if your benefits are stopped (or sanctioned, as it's euphemistically called) on the date of the count, you don't feature in the figures. With successive governments manipulating these seemingly basic facts to suit their own ends, I think that the overwhelming majority of us have stopped believing them, years ago. Given recent events, one could easily forgive Nigel Evans for not answering his phone at all, rather than answering it, then making such remarks. For it is better at times, to appear foolish in silence, than opening your mouth and confirming it.[/p][/quote]Very well put. I couldn't agree more Cimbri shytalk
  • Score: 9

3:06pm Tue 22 Apr 14

boynesider says...

it is sad that this is a problem caused by the government cuts and "sanctions" against claimants.there are always going to be abusers of peoples' charitable nature. I personally know of individuals who have shamelessly claimed to be in need when they are not.it stopped me from donating i'm sorry to say
it is sad that this is a problem caused by the government cuts and "sanctions" against claimants.there are always going to be abusers of peoples' charitable nature. I personally know of individuals who have shamelessly claimed to be in need when they are not.it stopped me from donating i'm sorry to say boynesider
  • Score: 9

3:52pm Tue 22 Apr 14

noddy57 says...

The shear demand for this food bank allocation just shows you that the government cuts have hit poor families across the country,
The shear demand for this food bank allocation just shows you that the government cuts have hit poor families across the country, noddy57
  • Score: 2

4:47pm Tue 22 Apr 14

mmickk says...

Looking at the photo all you get is beans! Please refrain from smoking after consuming your food parcel. Should come with risk of explosion warning triangle lol!
Looking at the photo all you get is beans! Please refrain from smoking after consuming your food parcel. Should come with risk of explosion warning triangle lol! mmickk
  • Score: 7

5:33pm Tue 22 Apr 14

davemcb says...

There will be an endless demand for anything given away free.
More money to spend on pies, fags and Sky subscriptions for the great unwashed.
There will be an endless demand for anything given away free. More money to spend on pies, fags and Sky subscriptions for the great unwashed. davemcb
  • Score: 6

7:51pm Tue 22 Apr 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Mmmmm free food, oh I wonder why there's a demand ?
I don't think you need a degree to work that out.
Mmmmm free food, oh I wonder why there's a demand ? I don't think you need a degree to work that out. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 6

9:36pm Tue 22 Apr 14

hunter3062 says...

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 wrote:
hunter3062 wrote:
food for thought..hmmm i see these guys handing out these parcels to family's on my street and the majority of them have decent amounts of money coming in each week they still go to football,drink,smoke have hefty debt at brighthouse for non essential items.its crazy people will take charity even if its not needed.maybe i might give it a go and cut my food bill in half.cut your numbers help the needy not the downright greedy.
its funny how your sort of people always have ''one of these'' at the bottom or on your street and the people who use the food banks show you their bank statements/wage slips etc and they obviously don't mind that they live near a stalker(you) as you know they go to football and drink.oh you don't follow them to Brighthouse as well do you???.
dick head you may be one of those on my street. truth hurts but yes they have lge families claim benefits work on the side and no need to stalk prat..brighthouse lorries on my street everyday disabled badges galore on match day dont take a detective to observe the world get a life get a job..
[quote][p][bold]ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hunter3062[/bold] wrote: food for thought..hmmm i see these guys handing out these parcels to family's on my street and the majority of them have decent amounts of money coming in each week they still go to football,drink,smoke have hefty debt at brighthouse for non essential items.its crazy people will take charity even if its not needed.maybe i might give it a go and cut my food bill in half.cut your numbers help the needy not the downright greedy.[/p][/quote]its funny how your sort of people always have ''one of these'' at the bottom or on your street and the people who use the food banks show you their bank statements/wage slips etc and they obviously don't mind that they live near a stalker(you) as you know they go to football and drink.oh you don't follow them to Brighthouse as well do you???.[/p][/quote]dick head you may be one of those on my street. truth hurts but yes they have lge families claim benefits work on the side and no need to stalk prat..brighthouse lorries on my street everyday disabled badges galore on match day dont take a detective to observe the world get a life get a job.. hunter3062
  • Score: 4

9:41pm Tue 22 Apr 14

hunter3062 says...

shytalk wrote:
hunter3062 wrote:
food for thought..hmmm i see these guys handing out these parcels to family's on my street and the majority of them have decent amounts of money coming in each week they still go to football,drink,smoke have hefty debt at brighthouse for non essential items.its crazy people will take charity even if its not needed.maybe i might give it a go and cut my food bill in half.cut your numbers help the needy not the downright greedy.
Don't talk ccrap
another blind prat wearing blinkers..
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hunter3062[/bold] wrote: food for thought..hmmm i see these guys handing out these parcels to family's on my street and the majority of them have decent amounts of money coming in each week they still go to football,drink,smoke have hefty debt at brighthouse for non essential items.its crazy people will take charity even if its not needed.maybe i might give it a go and cut my food bill in half.cut your numbers help the needy not the downright greedy.[/p][/quote]Don't talk ccrap[/p][/quote]another blind prat wearing blinkers.. hunter3062
  • Score: 2

9:51pm Tue 22 Apr 14

hunter3062 says...

boynesider wrote:
it is sad that this is a problem caused by the government cuts and "sanctions" against claimants.there are always going to be abusers of peoples' charitable nature. I personally know of individuals who have shamelessly claimed to be in need when they are not.it stopped me from donating i'm sorry to say
after working for a charity and saw the types of abuse by at least 60% of the clients i quit. the aid went to people who just blagged the system.delivering food and furniture to homes where the kids were overweight playing games consoles on large plasma tv's..parents claiming to have been out of work for years yet the eerie stench of wacci bacci filled the homes. blue bins full of empty beer cans..walk round any housing estate on collection day and look at the masses of blue boxes filled with empty beer cans wine and spirit bottles..dont get me wrong there are genuine claiments struggling but a damm sight more abusing the system..
[quote][p][bold]boynesider[/bold] wrote: it is sad that this is a problem caused by the government cuts and "sanctions" against claimants.there are always going to be abusers of peoples' charitable nature. I personally know of individuals who have shamelessly claimed to be in need when they are not.it stopped me from donating i'm sorry to say[/p][/quote]after working for a charity and saw the types of abuse by at least 60% of the clients i quit. the aid went to people who just blagged the system.delivering food and furniture to homes where the kids were overweight playing games consoles on large plasma tv's..parents claiming to have been out of work for years yet the eerie stench of wacci bacci filled the homes. blue bins full of empty beer cans..walk round any housing estate on collection day and look at the masses of blue boxes filled with empty beer cans wine and spirit bottles..dont get me wrong there are genuine claiments struggling but a damm sight more abusing the system.. hunter3062
  • Score: 8

10:55pm Tue 22 Apr 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

If they are mostly used for people making a new claim for benefits or waiting for a change in benefits then is the food replaced when the benefits are backdated?

I want to believe they are only used by the people who really need them, but I just can't!
If they are mostly used for people making a new claim for benefits or waiting for a change in benefits then is the food replaced when the benefits are backdated? I want to believe they are only used by the people who really need them, but I just can't! HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 6

8:42am Wed 23 Apr 14

jenkinsroy says...

We must now wait till the MAY ELECTIONS
and let this government know how much we all have had of there cuts
backs also claiming all sort of us tax payers.?
the time has come to PUT A STOP TO THIS GOVERMMENT
CRAPPING ON EVERY BODY.?
THIS TIME THE GOVERMNET CANNOT FIX THE NUMBERS
THEY ARE GOING IN THE COUNCIL ELECTIONS & IN
THE 2015 ELECTIONS.?
WE MUST ALSO LOOK AT THERE PARTNERS IN CRIME
YES THE LIB DEM THEY WILL BE FOLLOWING THEM
IN THE COUNTY ELECTIONS AND THE 2015 ELECTIONS
BYE BYE TO YOU LOT HAD ALL WE CAN TAKE NOW
We must now wait till the MAY ELECTIONS and let this government know how much we all have had of there cuts backs also claiming all sort of us tax payers.? the time has come to PUT A STOP TO THIS GOVERMMENT CRAPPING ON EVERY BODY.? THIS TIME THE GOVERMNET CANNOT FIX THE NUMBERS THEY ARE GOING IN THE COUNCIL ELECTIONS & IN THE 2015 ELECTIONS.? WE MUST ALSO LOOK AT THERE PARTNERS IN CRIME YES THE LIB DEM THEY WILL BE FOLLOWING THEM IN THE COUNTY ELECTIONS AND THE 2015 ELECTIONS BYE BYE TO YOU LOT HAD ALL WE CAN TAKE NOW jenkinsroy
  • Score: 2

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