A homeless centre says it is being overwhelmed with people needing food because their benefits have been temporarily stopped.
The Storehouse in Coleman Street is feeding more than 200 people a day and instead of just providing one or two bags to those in need it has become a sole source of food for many.Well, who could have predicted that? You hand out free food, and you get people flocking to you. It’s a mystery!
The increase is being blamed on Government benefit reforms which have seen people “sanctioned” for not trying hard enough to get a job. People are asked to fill in forms and provide evidence of job hunts and if they fall short of the criteria, benefits are stopped for several weeks.A sensible precaution, surely? What could be wrong with expecting people to justify their need for these benefits?
John Williams who helps run the Storehouse said many who can’t cope with the forms are being left destitute.Can’t cope with the forms? But… wouldn't they have had to ‘cope with forms’ in order to get the benefits in the first place, as a commenter points out?