Doctors in Blackburn hand out food vouchers to hard-up patients

GPs have started ‘prescribing’ vouchers for a food bank because of the growing number of patients with ‘hunger-related illnesses’.

Bosses at Blackburn food bank said they had seen the number of people using their services increase from around three or four a week when it opened two months ago in Brunswick Street to at least 25 a day.

Community leaders said they were shocked people were becoming ill because they could not afford to feed themselves and their families.

The centre, in Whalley Banks, has had several GPs sign up to give out the vouchers, but is hoping other doctors will get involved.

Ros Duerden, food bank manager, said doctors were giving the vouchers to patients with illnesses such as depression and anxiety.

She said: “What is happening is that people with hunger-related illnesses are presenting with symptoms of stress.

“You can imagine a parent’s dilemma if they cannot afford to feed their children.

“Often people can become quite depressed or anxious.

“It is absolutely dreadful that people are as hungry as they are.”

She added that while vouchers were not technically being given as a medical prescription, they were being given to people who were in desperate need.

To receive a voucher, people must be identified by their GP, health visitor, social worker or Citizens Advice Bureau.

They bring their voucher to the centre where it can be redeemed for three days’ emergency food.

They can also chat with volunteers, who give advice over a cup of tea, and are offered a free hot meal.

Roy Davies, Darwen town councillor and ex-member of Blackburn with Darwen Council health scrutiny committee, said: “It is like doctors are prescribing food.

“It is only a short-term fix, but I suppose this is better than nothing.”

Coun Mohammed Khan, executive member for health at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “We are living in one of the richest countries in the world and it is really, really sad that we are having to collect food for some of the most vulnerable people.

“We need to look at the reasons why this is happening.

“We should be proud of the food bank, it shows very good community spirit, but the government should have some responsibility for why we are in this mess.”

Dr Chris Clayton, chief clinical officer of the Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Board, said: “We are looking at how services and the CCG can all work together to ensure that appropriate people and families are referred to the food bank and supported during these difficult times.”

Mrs Duerden said the food bank was now looking for volunteers to help hand out parcels, which include tinned vegetables and fruit, fish, meat, juice, milk.

No perishable items or fresh foods are given out.

She said: “Everything we have has a long sell-by date.

“We try to offer everybody that comes a little treat as well.

“A lot of the folk we are seeing have been denied lots of choices by their circumstances so we try to give them a bit of a boost.”

The Trussell Trust, which runs the Blackburn food bank, partners with churches and communities to open food banks nationwide. It has over 250 food banks in the UK.

To find out more about the food bank, call 01254 672756 or visit blackburn.foodbank.org.uk

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11:52am Mon 28 Jan 13

woolywords says...

How can it be, that this country is borrowing to keep itself solvent, yet slashing budgets of everything, from the benefits for both unemployed and pensioned, yet were are going to be giving away more in Foreign Aid next year, than it takes to run our entire national Police force?
And now this, malnourished people within our own country. It's an absolutely disgraceful situation that any right-mind politician should be protesting about on our behalf. Our children and elderly going without food or heat so that women living in a Brazillian fishing village get free courses on Social Integration or even that we send money in the form of Aid to China, of all places.
Or perhaps you prefer that we send money to a scheme promoting tourism in an Icelandic national park and a pro-EU television series in Turkey, as our own children go without school meals?
When does our 'Big Society' grow a social conscience and start caring for those whom live in this land and beggar the rest of them?

No comment from our MP or MEP's, I note.
How can it be, that this country is borrowing to keep itself solvent, yet slashing budgets of everything, from the benefits for both unemployed and pensioned, yet were are going to be giving away more in Foreign Aid next year, than it takes to run our entire national Police force? And now this, malnourished people within our own country. It's an absolutely disgraceful situation that any right-mind politician should be protesting about on our behalf. Our children and elderly going without food or heat so that women living in a Brazillian fishing village get free courses on Social Integration or even that we send money in the form of Aid to China, of all places. Or perhaps you prefer that we send money to a scheme promoting tourism in an Icelandic national park and a pro-EU television series in Turkey, as our own children go without school meals? When does our 'Big Society' grow a social conscience and start caring for those whom live in this land and beggar the rest of them? No comment from our MP or MEP's, I note. woolywords

12:04pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Sue Lee says...

It was Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara the Brazilian Roman Catholic Archbishop who observed around fifty years ago:
"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist."
It was Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara the Brazilian Roman Catholic Archbishop who observed around fifty years ago: "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist." Sue Lee

1:04pm Mon 28 Jan 13

shytalk says...

woolywords wrote:
How can it be, that this country is borrowing to keep itself solvent, yet slashing budgets of everything, from the benefits for both unemployed and pensioned, yet were are going to be giving away more in Foreign Aid next year, than it takes to run our entire national Police force?
And now this, malnourished people within our own country. It's an absolutely disgraceful situation that any right-mind politician should be protesting about on our behalf. Our children and elderly going without food or heat so that women living in a Brazillian fishing village get free courses on Social Integration or even that we send money in the form of Aid to China, of all places.
Or perhaps you prefer that we send money to a scheme promoting tourism in an Icelandic national park and a pro-EU television series in Turkey, as our own children go without school meals?
When does our 'Big Society' grow a social conscience and start caring for those whom live in this land and beggar the rest of them?

No comment from our MP or MEP's, I note.
It's called corruption..
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: How can it be, that this country is borrowing to keep itself solvent, yet slashing budgets of everything, from the benefits for both unemployed and pensioned, yet were are going to be giving away more in Foreign Aid next year, than it takes to run our entire national Police force? And now this, malnourished people within our own country. It's an absolutely disgraceful situation that any right-mind politician should be protesting about on our behalf. Our children and elderly going without food or heat so that women living in a Brazillian fishing village get free courses on Social Integration or even that we send money in the form of Aid to China, of all places. Or perhaps you prefer that we send money to a scheme promoting tourism in an Icelandic national park and a pro-EU television series in Turkey, as our own children go without school meals? When does our 'Big Society' grow a social conscience and start caring for those whom live in this land and beggar the rest of them? No comment from our MP or MEP's, I note.[/p][/quote]It's called corruption.. shytalk

1:07pm Mon 28 Jan 13

karltop says...

These food banks continuously advertise their services in the LET and then are surprised when people turn up for free food. What DO they expect?
These food banks continuously advertise their services in the LET and then are surprised when people turn up for free food. What DO they expect? karltop

1:16pm Mon 28 Jan 13

jimpy0 says...

Announced over the wekend another 21 million in aid for Syria - PAH !!!!!!!!
Announced over the wekend another 21 million in aid for Syria - PAH !!!!!!!! jimpy0

1:57pm Mon 28 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

jimpy0 wrote:
Announced over the wekend another 21 million in aid for Syria - PAH !!!!!!!!
Money given out in foreign aid is for people in genuine absolute poverty.
People in this country are not in absolute poverty there are in relative poverty there's a big difference, majority of them drink and smoke.
[quote][p][bold]jimpy0[/bold] wrote: Announced over the wekend another 21 million in aid for Syria - PAH !!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Money given out in foreign aid is for people in genuine absolute poverty. People in this country are not in absolute poverty there are in relative poverty there's a big difference, majority of them drink and smoke. 2 for 5p

1:58pm Mon 28 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

jimpy0 wrote:
Announced over the wekend another 21 million in aid for Syria - PAH !!!!!!!!
Money given out in foreign aid is for people in genuine absolute poverty.
People in this country are not in absolute poverty there are in relative poverty there's a big difference, majority of them drink and smoke.
[quote][p][bold]jimpy0[/bold] wrote: Announced over the wekend another 21 million in aid for Syria - PAH !!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Money given out in foreign aid is for people in genuine absolute poverty. People in this country are not in absolute poverty there are in relative poverty there's a big difference, majority of them drink and smoke. 2 for 5p

1:59pm Mon 28 Jan 13

A Darener says...

Unfortunately politicians live in a different world to the rest of us.
Unfortunately politicians live in a different world to the rest of us. A Darener

2:01pm Mon 28 Jan 13

A Darener says...

2 for 5p wrote:
jimpy0 wrote:
Announced over the wekend another 21 million in aid for Syria - PAH !!!!!!!!
Money given out in foreign aid is for people in genuine absolute poverty.
People in this country are not in absolute poverty there are in relative poverty there's a big difference, majority of them drink and smoke.
You are very naive! If 1p out of every pound reached the people it was intended for it would be a miracle. Unfortunately the majority goes to feed corrupt regimes and their followers.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jimpy0[/bold] wrote: Announced over the wekend another 21 million in aid for Syria - PAH !!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Money given out in foreign aid is for people in genuine absolute poverty. People in this country are not in absolute poverty there are in relative poverty there's a big difference, majority of them drink and smoke.[/p][/quote]You are very naive! If 1p out of every pound reached the people it was intended for it would be a miracle. Unfortunately the majority goes to feed corrupt regimes and their followers. A Darener

2:31pm Mon 28 Jan 13

norah bhatty says...

There is something sadly wrong when people in this country need to visit food banks to exist, and there is something even more wrong when the coalition government sees fit to do nothing - nothing that is for the people of THIS country. Millions going out to other countries, so what happened to 'Charity Begins At Home?'
2 for 5p - Not all people drink and smoke, and when you read of people is desperate situations surely begs the saying 'there but for the grace of God go I.'
A lot of people are suffering because of the ongoing cutbacks, reduction in benefits, the increases in the price of food, enery and fuel, and if people of other countries receive rich donations from us, then so should the inhabitants of this country. Something is wrong - is anyone going to put wrong to right anytime soon?
There is something sadly wrong when people in this country need to visit food banks to exist, and there is something even more wrong when the coalition government sees fit to do nothing - nothing that is for the people of THIS country. Millions going out to other countries, so what happened to 'Charity Begins At Home?' 2 for 5p - Not all people drink and smoke, and when you read of people is desperate situations surely begs the saying 'there but for the grace of God go I.' A lot of people are suffering because of the ongoing cutbacks, reduction in benefits, the increases in the price of food, enery and fuel, and if people of other countries receive rich donations from us, then so should the inhabitants of this country. Something is wrong - is anyone going to put wrong to right anytime soon? norah bhatty

6:11pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Mison says...

2 for 5p wrote:
jimpy0 wrote: Announced over the wekend another 21 million in aid for Syria - PAH !!!!!!!!
Money given out in foreign aid is for people in genuine absolute poverty. People in this country are not in absolute poverty there are in relative poverty there's a big difference, majority of them drink and smoke.
Maybe they do but they have also paid into this system before they became out of work.....how many are unemployed (able bodied) for a lifetime??? So are they not allowed to do anything....????
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jimpy0[/bold] wrote: Announced over the wekend another 21 million in aid for Syria - PAH !!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Money given out in foreign aid is for people in genuine absolute poverty. People in this country are not in absolute poverty there are in relative poverty there's a big difference, majority of them drink and smoke.[/p][/quote]Maybe they do but they have also paid into this system before they became out of work.....how many are unemployed (able bodied) for a lifetime??? So are they not allowed to do anything....???? Mison

6:29pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Mison says...

I bet there will be a huge amount of people using this service regularly when the bedroom tax starts....i mean what dumbo thinks that putting a £15 - £25 bill on benefit claimants expenditure (who are probably living in fuel and financial poverty already) and calling them scroungers and lazy is really going to have a good impact on the most vulnerable . What an insult to the working class and those who dont earn a penny...cos there aint no jobs to be had.
I bet there will be a huge amount of people using this service regularly when the bedroom tax starts....i mean what dumbo thinks that putting a £15 - £25 bill on benefit claimants expenditure (who are probably living in fuel and financial poverty already) and calling them scroungers and lazy is really going to have a good impact on the most vulnerable . What an insult to the working class and those who dont earn a penny...cos there aint no jobs to be had. Mison

7:19pm Mon 28 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

Free food.
Hey lads I've thought of a way to cut down on your shopping bill.
Go down to the doctors.
"hey doc I'm not working at the moment and I feel depressed"
Collect your voucher hot foot it down to your local food bank ( fag in hand with can of beer) and get your weeks shopping for free.
Then guys you can spend some of your wages on luxury like a new smart phone and travel around in taxis. :-)
Free food. Hey lads I've thought of a way to cut down on your shopping bill. Go down to the doctors. "hey doc I'm not working at the moment and I feel depressed" Collect your voucher hot foot it down to your local food bank ( fag in hand with can of beer) and get your weeks shopping for free. Then guys you can spend some of your wages on luxury like a new smart phone and travel around in taxis. :-) 2 for 5p

7:25pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Teddy65 says...

karltop wrote:
These food banks continuously advertise their services in the LET and then are surprised when people turn up for free food. What DO they expect?
You cannot have food from a food bank by just turning up. People have to be referred by a Doctor or Social Worker. I'm not sure if it is the same everywhere, but where I live even when destitute you can only get a food parcel three times in any year. Once again those who have no idea of what is actually going on feeling the need to comment.
[quote][p][bold]karltop[/bold] wrote: These food banks continuously advertise their services in the LET and then are surprised when people turn up for free food. What DO they expect?[/p][/quote]You cannot have food from a food bank by just turning up. People have to be referred by a Doctor or Social Worker. I'm not sure if it is the same everywhere, but where I live even when destitute you can only get a food parcel three times in any year. Once again those who have no idea of what is actually going on feeling the need to comment. Teddy65

7:36pm Mon 28 Jan 13

DarkhorseG says...

I was waiting to pick up my young son from school and overheard another mum say to her friend, " they best sort my benifit out soon as i'm skint" but yet she could afford the 20 fags and smart phone she was holding in her hands!!!!!
I was waiting to pick up my young son from school and overheard another mum say to her friend, " they best sort my benifit out soon as i'm skint" but yet she could afford the 20 fags and smart phone she was holding in her hands!!!!! DarkhorseG

7:49pm Mon 28 Jan 13

actionmanuk says...

Ranting on the internet does not get heard ! About time people UNITED and STOOD together n these issues.. and actually DO SOMETHING to stop this government doing this to children - old age people and civilians..i was always brought up by the statement "ACTIONS are LOUDER than WORDS.. and if these actions was loud enough they couldn't put EVERYONE in prison could they ?? soon the people WILL RETALIATE - and i can see one BAD destruction ahead !
Ranting on the internet does not get heard ! About time people UNITED and STOOD together n these issues.. and actually DO SOMETHING to stop this government doing this to children - old age people and civilians..i was always brought up by the statement "ACTIONS are LOUDER than WORDS.. and if these actions was loud enough they couldn't put EVERYONE in prison could they ?? soon the people WILL RETALIATE - and i can see one BAD destruction ahead ! actionmanuk

8:21pm Mon 28 Jan 13

buckoff says...

actionmanuk wrote:
Ranting on the internet does not get heard ! About time people UNITED and STOOD together n these issues.. and actually DO SOMETHING to stop this government doing this to children - old age people and civilians..i was always brought up by the statement "ACTIONS are LOUDER than WORDS.. and if these actions was loud enough they couldn't put EVERYONE in prison could they ?? soon the people WILL RETALIATE - and i can see one BAD destruction ahead !
When I was young I was taught if I wanted something get off your backside and earn it. By your rant you obviously think your owed it!!!
[quote][p][bold]actionmanuk[/bold] wrote: Ranting on the internet does not get heard ! About time people UNITED and STOOD together n these issues.. and actually DO SOMETHING to stop this government doing this to children - old age people and civilians..i was always brought up by the statement "ACTIONS are LOUDER than WORDS.. and if these actions was loud enough they couldn't put EVERYONE in prison could they ?? soon the people WILL RETALIATE - and i can see one BAD destruction ahead ![/p][/quote]When I was young I was taught if I wanted something get off your backside and earn it. By your rant you obviously think your owed it!!! buckoff

9:02pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Paul The Octopus Lives! says...

actionmanuk wrote:
Ranting on the internet does not get heard ! About time people UNITED and STOOD together n these issues.. and actually DO SOMETHING to stop this government doing this to children - old age people and civilians..i was always brought up by the statement "ACTIONS are LOUDER than WORDS.. and if these actions was loud enough they couldn't put EVERYONE in prison could they ?? soon the people WILL RETALIATE - and i can see one BAD destruction ahead !
Why are you ranting on the internet then?
[quote][p][bold]actionmanuk[/bold] wrote: Ranting on the internet does not get heard ! About time people UNITED and STOOD together n these issues.. and actually DO SOMETHING to stop this government doing this to children - old age people and civilians..i was always brought up by the statement "ACTIONS are LOUDER than WORDS.. and if these actions was loud enough they couldn't put EVERYONE in prison could they ?? soon the people WILL RETALIATE - and i can see one BAD destruction ahead ![/p][/quote]Why are you ranting on the internet then? Paul The Octopus Lives!

9:57pm Mon 28 Jan 13

lmhjones says...

2 FOR 5P
First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me
2 FOR 5P First they came for the Communists And I did not speak out Because I was not a Communist Then they came for the Socialists And I did not speak out Because I was not a Socialist Then they came for the trade unionists And I did not speak out Because I was not a trade unionist Then they came for the Jews And I did not speak out Because I was not a Jew Then they came for me And there was no one left To speak out for me lmhjones

10:00pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Good call says...

actionmanuk wrote:
Ranting on the internet does not get heard ! About time people UNITED and STOOD together n these issues.. and actually DO SOMETHING to stop this government doing this to children - old age people and civilians..i was always brought up by the statement "ACTIONS are LOUDER than WORDS.. and if these actions was loud enough they couldn't put EVERYONE in prison could they ?? soon the people WILL RETALIATE - and i can see one BAD destruction ahead !
The sheeple on here who are slagging off those in poverty won't know what has hit them when the economy collapses and they can't feed their kids and they are having their homes taken off then.Start stocking up on food now or you'll pay the price when the economy falls apart.
[quote][p][bold]actionmanuk[/bold] wrote: Ranting on the internet does not get heard ! About time people UNITED and STOOD together n these issues.. and actually DO SOMETHING to stop this government doing this to children - old age people and civilians..i was always brought up by the statement "ACTIONS are LOUDER than WORDS.. and if these actions was loud enough they couldn't put EVERYONE in prison could they ?? soon the people WILL RETALIATE - and i can see one BAD destruction ahead ![/p][/quote]The sheeple on here who are slagging off those in poverty won't know what has hit them when the economy collapses and they can't feed their kids and they are having their homes taken off then.Start stocking up on food now or you'll pay the price when the economy falls apart. Good call

4:57am Tue 29 Jan 13

Socialistand Proud says...

norah bhatty wrote:
There is something sadly wrong when people in this country need to visit food banks to exist, and there is something even more wrong when the coalition government sees fit to do nothing - nothing that is for the people of THIS country. Millions going out to other countries, so what happened to 'Charity Begins At Home?'
2 for 5p - Not all people drink and smoke, and when you read of people is desperate situations surely begs the saying 'there but for the grace of God go I.'
A lot of people are suffering because of the ongoing cutbacks, reduction in benefits, the increases in the price of food, enery and fuel, and if people of other countries receive rich donations from us, then so should the inhabitants of this country. Something is wrong - is anyone going to put wrong to right anytime soon?
People like "2 for 5p" don't think .. they obviously let the Sun and The Daily Mail do their thinking for them.
[quote][p][bold]norah bhatty[/bold] wrote: There is something sadly wrong when people in this country need to visit food banks to exist, and there is something even more wrong when the coalition government sees fit to do nothing - nothing that is for the people of THIS country. Millions going out to other countries, so what happened to 'Charity Begins At Home?' 2 for 5p - Not all people drink and smoke, and when you read of people is desperate situations surely begs the saying 'there but for the grace of God go I.' A lot of people are suffering because of the ongoing cutbacks, reduction in benefits, the increases in the price of food, enery and fuel, and if people of other countries receive rich donations from us, then so should the inhabitants of this country. Something is wrong - is anyone going to put wrong to right anytime soon?[/p][/quote]People like "2 for 5p" don't think .. they obviously let the Sun and The Daily Mail do their thinking for them. Socialistand Proud

4:58am Tue 29 Jan 13

Socialistand Proud says...

Mison wrote:
2 for 5p wrote:
jimpy0 wrote: Announced over the wekend another 21 million in aid for Syria - PAH !!!!!!!!
Money given out in foreign aid is for people in genuine absolute poverty. People in this country are not in absolute poverty there are in relative poverty there's a big difference, majority of them drink and smoke.
Maybe they do but they have also paid into this system before they became out of work.....how many are unemployed (able bodied) for a lifetime??? So are they not allowed to do anything....????
Do you actually do any research or critical thinking of your own, or do you just let The Sun and The Daily Mail do all that pesky cerebral stuff for you?
[quote][p][bold]Mison[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jimpy0[/bold] wrote: Announced over the wekend another 21 million in aid for Syria - PAH !!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Money given out in foreign aid is for people in genuine absolute poverty. People in this country are not in absolute poverty there are in relative poverty there's a big difference, majority of them drink and smoke.[/p][/quote]Maybe they do but they have also paid into this system before they became out of work.....how many are unemployed (able bodied) for a lifetime??? So are they not allowed to do anything....????[/p][/quote]Do you actually do any research or critical thinking of your own, or do you just let The Sun and The Daily Mail do all that pesky cerebral stuff for you? Socialistand Proud

5:10am Tue 29 Jan 13

Socialistand Proud says...

That last post was obviously aimed at the morally repugnant 2 for 5p, and not your good self, Mison.
That last post was obviously aimed at the morally repugnant 2 for 5p, and not your good self, Mison. Socialistand Proud

7:43am Tue 29 Jan 13

Sick of rip off says...

The reason that this country is in such a state and why we cannot provide employment and support for the most needy amongst us was simply described by an old work friend of mine, who said -

'There are too many people drinking tea and coffee that haven't paid into the brew fund'.

It isn't difficult to work out is it !!!!
The reason that this country is in such a state and why we cannot provide employment and support for the most needy amongst us was simply described by an old work friend of mine, who said - 'There are too many people drinking tea and coffee that haven't paid into the brew fund'. It isn't difficult to work out is it !!!! Sick of rip off

7:52am Tue 29 Jan 13

kate11 says...

Someone I know who works in the benefits agency say there are many people with children receiving over £30,000 in benefits per year!! They come back for more saying they cannot manage! They are shocked to find they receive so much but still say they need more! The problem is they have no idea how to manage money... They need to be taught this and then hopefully these food banks will not be needed!
Someone I know who works in the benefits agency say there are many people with children receiving over £30,000 in benefits per year!! They come back for more saying they cannot manage! They are shocked to find they receive so much but still say they need more! The problem is they have no idea how to manage money... They need to be taught this and then hopefully these food banks will not be needed! kate11

8:07am Tue 29 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

Socialistand Proud wrote:
That last post was obviously aimed at the morally repugnant 2 for 5p, and not your good self, Mison.
hey you call yourself a socialist , nd yet you think that overseas aid is wrong.
You think its morally repugnant to point out that people in country's needing aid are in a far worse situation than the UK benefit scroungers.

For your information I don't read the Sun or the Mail I am a communist , who believes everyone should be given a job by the state if he cannot get a job.
However a think the people who we have in this country who are unemployed do not want to work. You only have to look at how dirty there houses are they've nothing to do all day yet they sit there living in filth, smoking.
[quote][p][bold]Socialistand Proud[/bold] wrote: That last post was obviously aimed at the morally repugnant 2 for 5p, and not your good self, Mison.[/p][/quote]hey you call yourself a socialist , nd yet you think that overseas aid is wrong. You think its morally repugnant to point out that people in country's needing aid are in a far worse situation than the UK benefit scroungers. For your information I don't read the Sun or the Mail I am a communist , who believes everyone should be given a job by the state if he cannot get a job. However a think the people who we have in this country who are unemployed do not want to work. You only have to look at how dirty there houses are they've nothing to do all day yet they sit there living in filth, smoking. 2 for 5p

8:17am Tue 29 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

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10:51am Tue 29 Jan 13

bburnrover says...

What has happened in this country over the last 40 years to get like this? We have seen massive oil price rises -why? Sheiks are wasting millions of their profits buying football clubs,gas,water and electric are now too expensive to use and people are reluctant to turn them on at the moment.

Petrol costs are soooo expensive I can recall when I did not even think about the cost of going for a family day out to Southport now I never go anywhere as it would cost £20 in fuel.
The cost of food has also risen substantially I used to buy a cheap shortbread biscuit at Tesco for 16p per packet that has shot up to 36p per packet how can that be justified? M & S put milk up from 1.19 to 1.29 overnight so what do we do? We suffer no heat no food the service industries make huge profits .The north south divide also shows who are the worst hit with massive salaries being paid out to Bankers in the city we cannot even find sufficient under paid jobs in Lancashire.
What has happened in this country over the last 40 years to get like this? We have seen massive oil price rises -why? Sheiks are wasting millions of their profits buying football clubs,gas,water and electric are now too expensive to use and people are reluctant to turn them on at the moment. Petrol costs are soooo expensive I can recall when I did not even think about the cost of going for a family day out to Southport now I never go anywhere as it would cost £20 in fuel. The cost of food has also risen substantially I used to buy a cheap shortbread biscuit at Tesco for 16p per packet that has shot up to 36p per packet how can that be justified? M & S put milk up from 1.19 to 1.29 overnight so what do we do? We suffer no heat no food the service industries make huge profits .The north south divide also shows who are the worst hit with massive salaries being paid out to Bankers in the city we cannot even find sufficient under paid jobs in Lancashire. bburnrover

10:52am Tue 29 Jan 13

bburnrover says...

What has happened in this country over the last 40 years to get like this? We have seen massive oil price rises -why? Sheiks are wasting millions of their profits buying football clubs,gas,water and electric are now too expensive to use and people are reluctant to turn them on at the moment.

Petrol costs are soooo expensive I can recall when I did not even think about the cost of going for a family day out to Southport now I never go anywhere as it would cost £20 in fuel.
The cost of food has also risen substantially I used to buy a cheap shortbread biscuit at Tesco for 16p per packet that has shot up to 36p per packet how can that be justified? M & S put milk up from 1.19 to 1.29 overnight so what do we do? We suffer no heat no food the service industries make huge profits .The north south divide also shows who are the worst hit with massive salaries being paid out to Bankers in the city we cannot even find sufficient under paid jobs in Lancashire.
What has happened in this country over the last 40 years to get like this? We have seen massive oil price rises -why? Sheiks are wasting millions of their profits buying football clubs,gas,water and electric are now too expensive to use and people are reluctant to turn them on at the moment. Petrol costs are soooo expensive I can recall when I did not even think about the cost of going for a family day out to Southport now I never go anywhere as it would cost £20 in fuel. The cost of food has also risen substantially I used to buy a cheap shortbread biscuit at Tesco for 16p per packet that has shot up to 36p per packet how can that be justified? M & S put milk up from 1.19 to 1.29 overnight so what do we do? We suffer no heat no food the service industries make huge profits .The north south divide also shows who are the worst hit with massive salaries being paid out to Bankers in the city we cannot even find sufficient under paid jobs in Lancashire. bburnrover

11:54am Tue 29 Jan 13

Teddy65 says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Socialistand Proud wrote:
That last post was obviously aimed at the morally repugnant 2 for 5p, and not your good self, Mison.
hey you call yourself a socialist , nd yet you think that overseas aid is wrong.
You think its morally repugnant to point out that people in country's needing aid are in a far worse situation than the UK benefit scroungers.

For your information I don't read the Sun or the Mail I am a communist , who believes everyone should be given a job by the state if he cannot get a job.
However a think the people who we have in this country who are unemployed do not want to work. You only have to look at how dirty there houses are they've nothing to do all day yet they sit there living in filth, smoking.
Your title '2 for 5p' is is a fair indication of what your statements are worth.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Socialistand Proud[/bold] wrote: That last post was obviously aimed at the morally repugnant 2 for 5p, and not your good self, Mison.[/p][/quote]hey you call yourself a socialist , nd yet you think that overseas aid is wrong. You think its morally repugnant to point out that people in country's needing aid are in a far worse situation than the UK benefit scroungers. For your information I don't read the Sun or the Mail I am a communist , who believes everyone should be given a job by the state if he cannot get a job. However a think the people who we have in this country who are unemployed do not want to work. You only have to look at how dirty there houses are they've nothing to do all day yet they sit there living in filth, smoking.[/p][/quote]Your title '2 for 5p' is is a fair indication of what your statements are worth. Teddy65

12:37pm Tue 29 Jan 13

norah bhatty says...

2 for 5p -

Some people in society do really need help,
Because of the hand that some have been dealt
So 2 for 5p your comments are naff

but at the end of the day you are good for a laugh.

People don't need your nasty remarks

A show of resentment is what makes you spark

If nothing good or constructive to say

Don't bother at all, and make my day.
2 for 5p - Some people in society do really need help, Because of the hand that some have been dealt So 2 for 5p your comments are naff but at the end of the day you are good for a laugh. People don't need your nasty remarks A show of resentment is what makes you spark If nothing good or constructive to say Don't bother at all, and make my day. norah bhatty

2:37pm Tue 29 Jan 13

M Foster says...

2 for 5p wrote:
jimpy0 wrote:
Announced over the wekend another 21 million in aid for Syria - PAH !!!!!!!!
Money given out in foreign aid is for people in genuine absolute poverty.
People in this country are not in absolute poverty there are in relative poverty there's a big difference, majority of them drink and smoke.
Absolute rubbish, if I may say. Look at the £Billions poured into Africa thanks to Geldorf, Bono, et al, over the past few decades and see how that has improved things. It hasn't. Most of this money goes to tinpot dictators for funding private armies, weapons, planes, fancy homes, etc, etc., not to the needy, thanks to endemic corruption. Same in newly emerging `Arab Spring' so-called democratised countries. It will never be any different.

Money sent to places like India who do not need it and by their own admittance, do not want it. They have a space programme (which we can't afford) and a nuclear deterrent, There are more £Billionairs in India than here but it is the distribution of that wealth that is the continuing problem, not helped by the caste system. Again, it will always be the same. Have you not seen the many schools built there with aid money that sit empty?
Give a man fish and he can feed for a day, teach him how to fish and he feeds for life. Throwing money at a situation is no guaranteed help.

We just cannot afford to be a Mother Teresa to the rest of the world and it should be remembered that "Charity begins at home". Too many parasites have been allowed to flood the UK, taking out of the system having put nothing in. When we have stopped our pensioners, who have paid in all their lives to fund what is left of our abused social services like the NHS, having to choose between heating or food, our homeless ex-soldiers sleeping out rough, proud people asking for handouts, etc, when we have something left over to support other countries - then give it.

Our government's FIRST responsibility is to look after this countries' TRUE citizens first and they need to remember who votes them into power. What I will concede is that there seems to be a sizable amount of people claiming to be poor yet use taxis, have a plasma tv, mobile phone, fast food, beer and fags, etc, expecting others to fund this lifestyle and they need targeting. That is not poor.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jimpy0[/bold] wrote: Announced over the wekend another 21 million in aid for Syria - PAH !!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Money given out in foreign aid is for people in genuine absolute poverty. People in this country are not in absolute poverty there are in relative poverty there's a big difference, majority of them drink and smoke.[/p][/quote]Absolute rubbish, if I may say. Look at the £Billions poured into Africa thanks to Geldorf, Bono, et al, over the past few decades and see how that has improved things. It hasn't. Most of this money goes to tinpot dictators for funding private armies, weapons, planes, fancy homes, etc, etc., not to the needy, thanks to endemic corruption. Same in newly emerging `Arab Spring' so-called democratised countries. It will never be any different. Money sent to places like India who do not need it and by their own admittance, do not want it. They have a space programme (which we can't afford) and a nuclear deterrent, There are more £Billionairs in India than here but it is the distribution of that wealth that is the continuing problem, not helped by the caste system. Again, it will always be the same. Have you not seen the many schools built there with aid money that sit empty? Give a man fish and he can feed for a day, teach him how to fish and he feeds for life. Throwing money at a situation is no guaranteed help. We just cannot afford to be a Mother Teresa to the rest of the world and it should be remembered that "Charity begins at home". Too many parasites have been allowed to flood the UK, taking out of the system having put nothing in. When we have stopped our pensioners, who have paid in all their lives to fund what is left of our abused social services like the NHS, having to choose between heating or food, our homeless ex-soldiers sleeping out rough, proud people asking for handouts, etc, when we have something left over to support other countries - then give it. Our government's FIRST responsibility is to look after this countries' TRUE citizens first and they need to remember who votes them into power. What I will concede is that there seems to be a sizable amount of people claiming to be poor yet use taxis, have a plasma tv, mobile phone, fast food, beer and fags, etc, expecting others to fund this lifestyle and they need targeting. That is not poor. M Foster

2:54pm Tue 29 Jan 13

norah bhatty says...

It is day and age, there will always be scroungers, but the people with power should take every step possible to stop bogus claims.

There are people living rough on the streets of towns throughout this country, and I don't believe that this is because they want to, it is because they have to.

I don't really know how they end up like this because there are enough charitable organisations out there who can and will help.

I fully agree with people who say charity begins at home, but we watch millions of uk money going overseas and we do nothing.

Benefits being cut, utility and food prices ever rising, and some people cannot cope at all. These are the ones who need to be given help and support and to be shown the way to manage their budgets. Ignoring them just makes it worse, with others following.

Is this really what life in 2013 should be all about?
It is day and age, there will always be scroungers, but the people with power should take every step possible to stop bogus claims. There are people living rough on the streets of towns throughout this country, and I don't believe that this is because they want to, it is because they have to. I don't really know how they end up like this because there are enough charitable organisations out there who can and will help. I fully agree with people who say charity begins at home, but we watch millions of uk money going overseas and we do nothing. Benefits being cut, utility and food prices ever rising, and some people cannot cope at all. These are the ones who need to be given help and support and to be shown the way to manage their budgets. Ignoring them just makes it worse, with others following. Is this really what life in 2013 should be all about? norah bhatty

9:46pm Tue 29 Jan 13

karltop says...

Well, in the fabulously multicultural, socialist haven of Blackburn, the chickens have truly come home to roost!
If the lefties on here care as much as they insist they do, then call HMRC and tell them that you wish to pay MORE tax to care for the feckless scum who have overrun this town. Because I don't want to.
Unfortunately,the apologists for these utter losers continually appear on this site spouting their socialist drivel and advocating yet more money for people who do nothing to deserve it.
Well, in the fabulously multicultural, socialist haven of Blackburn, the chickens have truly come home to roost! If the lefties on here care as much as they insist they do, then call HMRC and tell them that you wish to pay MORE tax to care for the feckless scum who have overrun this town. Because I don't want to. Unfortunately,the apologists for these utter losers continually appear on this site spouting their socialist drivel and advocating yet more money for people who do nothing to deserve it. karltop

9:02am Wed 30 Jan 13

norah bhatty says...

I don't agree with a lot that goes on in Blackburn or anywhere else for that matter, but I do care when I see homeless people. Perhaps they get benefits etc and spend it on everything they shouldn't and nothing on what they should, but they need help to show them right over wrong.

It is easy for people to comment that they are scroungers etc, but does anyone really care?

Thank goodness for the work the Salvation Army and other charities do, where would some be without them?

And yes, I do donate.
I don't agree with a lot that goes on in Blackburn or anywhere else for that matter, but I do care when I see homeless people. Perhaps they get benefits etc and spend it on everything they shouldn't and nothing on what they should, but they need help to show them right over wrong. It is easy for people to comment that they are scroungers etc, but does anyone really care? Thank goodness for the work the Salvation Army and other charities do, where would some be without them? And yes, I do donate. norah bhatty

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