Worst-off families in East Lancashire to get crisis food parcels

Lancashire Telegraph: Mark Hirst from Community Solutions Lancashire at Burnley Food Bank Mark Hirst from Community Solutions Lancashire at Burnley Food Bank

MORE than £25,000 worth of food parcels are set to be handed out across East Lancashire as part of a new crisis loans system.

Major changes are already in the pipeline for hardship payments for some of the county’s neediest families from April 1.

The Lancashire Telegraph revealed last month that the budget for the new social fund – now known as the Care and Urgent Needs Support Scheme – will be slashed by around a third.

Now Community Solutions, which has bases in Accrington and Burnley, are set to deliver urgent food supplies to the worst-off in East Lancashire.

Bosses at the social enterprise have approached the county council, offering to provide the hand-outs, for those at serious risk of going hungry.

CS already operates food bank services in Hyndburn and Burnley.

In a report, deputy county treasurer George Graham said: “CS has indicated it would be willing to deliver the services necessary to meet the need for essential living expenses by way of a package of support for every person referred to them via the new scheme.”

The likes of Hyndburn Used Furniture and the Prospects Foundation in Accrington, Rossendale’s Agapao and Proffitt’s, Age UK, Open Door in Burnley and Whalley’s Stable Trading will be enlisted to supply essential homeware.

County bosses have said they are keen to offer items or provisions, as opposed to cash payments, as part of the process. Only two applications per year will usually be considered.

Government officials are eager for social fund provisions to be administered at a local level – but have provided significantly less funds to do so than last year.

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10:27am Thu 7 Feb 13

happycyclist says...

How did we get to this?
How did we get to this? happycyclist

11:26am Thu 7 Feb 13

HelmshoreBoy says...

and Cameroon intends to increase overseas aid to 12 billion pounds a year. Just how can he justify it when this is happening here. Disgusting! Let's get our own house in order first, before we start giving it away.
and Cameroon intends to increase overseas aid to 12 billion pounds a year. Just how can he justify it when this is happening here. Disgusting! Let's get our own house in order first, before we start giving it away. HelmshoreBoy

1:17pm Thu 7 Feb 13

norah bhatty says...

What a national disgrace it is, for people living in this country having to depend on food banks. What a sad position to be in. We should applaud the efforts of the people who run these food banks, because if they didn't do it, the government would carry on regardless.

Millions of aid going overseas, something doesn't add up. What is Cameron's philosophy? Is he trying to make himself so important in the eyes of other world leaders that he will rob Peter to pay Paul? As far as I am concerned, this is exactly what he is doing.

I am sick of seeing his ugly mug on TV, he appears to want film star status. SHAME ON HIM that he will come to the aid of people overseas, whilst seeing people in this country reduced to living off food banks. Energy prices rising, ever increasing cost of food, benefits cut for the most vunerable - why are people with power allowing all of this to happen?
Cameron needs to go - yesterday would be fine by me.
What a national disgrace it is, for people living in this country having to depend on food banks. What a sad position to be in. We should applaud the efforts of the people who run these food banks, because if they didn't do it, the government would carry on regardless. Millions of aid going overseas, something doesn't add up. What is Cameron's philosophy? Is he trying to make himself so important in the eyes of other world leaders that he will rob Peter to pay Paul? As far as I am concerned, this is exactly what he is doing. I am sick of seeing his ugly mug on TV, he appears to want film star status. SHAME ON HIM that he will come to the aid of people overseas, whilst seeing people in this country reduced to living off food banks. Energy prices rising, ever increasing cost of food, benefits cut for the most vunerable - why are people with power allowing all of this to happen? Cameron needs to go - yesterday would be fine by me. norah bhatty

2:23pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Mothernature says...

At last. People are now seeing what is really going on when it comes to helping our own folks. Spot on post norah batty.
At last. People are now seeing what is really going on when it comes to helping our own folks. Spot on post norah batty. Mothernature

2:38pm Thu 7 Feb 13

norah bhatty says...

Mothernature - I'm pleased someone else can see exactly what is going on.
Not long till the next budget declaration by another of Cameron's faithful. Can hardly wait....

I can't think off the top of my head how more cuts can be made, but we won't need to wait long for the answer - Cameron will tell us. He who must be obeyed.

It is the old who are vunerable that I feel for. There are some elderly people who have no one to turn to for help and support. Frightened to put on the heating, cutting down on food to keep warm, it is a national disgrace, and if Cameron & Co think they are doing a good job, then they need to open their eyes.

I despise the man and his associates. How do we know that the money this country alone gives to overseas is used for the purpose it was intended? How do we know?

As long as Cameron is seen to be giving and giving that is possibly all he craves. He turns up on TV, here there and everywhere, he has to be seen and heard. As far as I am concerned, he could do with emigrating to one of the countries he supports - never to be seen again in GB.
Mothernature - I'm pleased someone else can see exactly what is going on. Not long till the next budget declaration by another of Cameron's faithful. Can hardly wait.... I can't think off the top of my head how more cuts can be made, but we won't need to wait long for the answer - Cameron will tell us. He who must be obeyed. It is the old who are vunerable that I feel for. There are some elderly people who have no one to turn to for help and support. Frightened to put on the heating, cutting down on food to keep warm, it is a national disgrace, and if Cameron & Co think they are doing a good job, then they need to open their eyes. I despise the man and his associates. How do we know that the money this country alone gives to overseas is used for the purpose it was intended? How do we know? As long as Cameron is seen to be giving and giving that is possibly all he craves. He turns up on TV, here there and everywhere, he has to be seen and heard. As far as I am concerned, he could do with emigrating to one of the countries he supports - never to be seen again in GB. norah bhatty

3:39pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Major Tom says...

I do hope these food banks are planning to do blood tests for alcohol and drugs. Check the fingers for tobacco stains and search them for any mobile phones. Only when they really cannot afford any of these things should they be allowed any food. The country is in financial crisis. We all have to give something up. I've had to reduce my luxuries by 20% due to rising bills and stagnant pay rises. I can't get free food though.
I do hope these food banks are planning to do blood tests for alcohol and drugs. Check the fingers for tobacco stains and search them for any mobile phones. Only when they really cannot afford any of these things should they be allowed any food. The country is in financial crisis. We all have to give something up. I've had to reduce my luxuries by 20% due to rising bills and stagnant pay rises. I can't get free food though. Major Tom

6:59pm Thu 7 Feb 13

karltop says...

Another free advert for food banks from the LET. Why are they surprised that they are becoming so popular?It's nothing to do with people not being able to afford food, it's because it's FREE. Are these people stupid? They can now eat for free and have more for drink/drugs/fags.
Food banks are fostering, aiding and literally feeding the benefits culture. Great job, guys!
Another free advert for food banks from the LET. Why are they surprised that they are becoming so popular?It's nothing to do with people not being able to afford food, it's because it's FREE. Are these people stupid? They can now eat for free and have more for drink/drugs/fags. Food banks are fostering, aiding and literally feeding the benefits culture. Great job, guys! karltop

7:40pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Mothernature says...

norah bhatty wrote:
Mothernature - I'm pleased someone else can see exactly what is going on.
Not long till the next budget declaration by another of Cameron's faithful. Can hardly wait....

I can't think off the top of my head how more cuts can be made, but we won't need to wait long for the answer - Cameron will tell us. He who must be obeyed.

It is the old who are vunerable that I feel for. There are some elderly people who have no one to turn to for help and support. Frightened to put on the heating, cutting down on food to keep warm, it is a national disgrace, and if Cameron & Co think they are doing a good job, then they need to open their eyes.

I despise the man and his associates. How do we know that the money this country alone gives to overseas is used for the purpose it was intended? How do we know?

As long as Cameron is seen to be giving and giving that is possibly all he craves. He turns up on TV, here there and everywhere, he has to be seen and heard. As far as I am concerned, he could do with emigrating to one of the countries he supports - never to be seen again in GB.
Norah, I've been saying exactly the same thing since Cam & his cronies declared war on those not of his ilk. This government is doomed once people start being hit with the welfare reforms in April & October this year. Judging by what is being said & written, there may well be protests or possibly even riots.
[quote][p][bold]norah bhatty[/bold] wrote: Mothernature - I'm pleased someone else can see exactly what is going on. Not long till the next budget declaration by another of Cameron's faithful. Can hardly wait.... I can't think off the top of my head how more cuts can be made, but we won't need to wait long for the answer - Cameron will tell us. He who must be obeyed. It is the old who are vunerable that I feel for. There are some elderly people who have no one to turn to for help and support. Frightened to put on the heating, cutting down on food to keep warm, it is a national disgrace, and if Cameron & Co think they are doing a good job, then they need to open their eyes. I despise the man and his associates. How do we know that the money this country alone gives to overseas is used for the purpose it was intended? How do we know? As long as Cameron is seen to be giving and giving that is possibly all he craves. He turns up on TV, here there and everywhere, he has to be seen and heard. As far as I am concerned, he could do with emigrating to one of the countries he supports - never to be seen again in GB.[/p][/quote]Norah, I've been saying exactly the same thing since Cam & his cronies declared war on those not of his ilk. This government is doomed once people start being hit with the welfare reforms in April & October this year. Judging by what is being said & written, there may well be protests or possibly even riots. Mothernature

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