Euro MP sees Foodbank in action

Richard Howitt, right, with Laurence Martin at the Foodbank

Richard Howitt, right, with Laurence Martin at the Foodbank

First published in News

THE NUMBER of starving people in Thurrock could rise unless the Government makes changes to its emergency food aid policy.

This is the view of the Essex Euro MP Richard Howitt, who spoke about the issue on a visit to a Thurrock Foodbank in Purfleet recently.

The Essex Euro MP is leading the challenge in the European Parliament for the UK to take part in the £2billion EU fund to tackle food deprivation, which will directly help foodbanks and charities in the UK and across Europe.

He spoke with users of the foodbank to hear about the challenges they have faced, with increasing concern that cuts to disability benefits have directly affected the amount of people using foodbanks.

Mr Howitt said: “I have seen a 230 per cent rise in numbers needing help in my constituency during the last year in relation to foodbanks.

“It is fantastic to see how the Thurrock volunteers have distributed almost 20 tonnes of food since the Foodbank opened, all donated by local people or organisations, but sobering to understand that almost 50 per cent of clients need the help because they are suffering from changes or delays to their benefits.

“It is obscene and if the Government doesn’t acknowledge the signs then who is to say the numbers won’t rise?”

Laurence Martin, team leader at Thurrock Foodbank, said: “It is a problem, but there is a need for food. Great Britain is a first world country and should not have people who are unable to get food.

“We will continue to provide a service, but we wish it didn’t have to be as widely used.”

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8:46am Sat 6 Jul 13

fletch12107 says...

I don't believe that anyone is starving in Tilbury.
I don't believe that anyone is starving in Tilbury. fletch12107
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11:45am Sat 6 Jul 13

d_2da_ougle says...

i can see why this happens ive seen cases where the job center have messed up payments nad taken longer then 3 weeks to register a jsa case
i can see why this happens ive seen cases where the job center have messed up payments nad taken longer then 3 weeks to register a jsa case d_2da_ougle
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7:10am Mon 8 Jul 13

ebagumtrebor says...

Well he isn't starving obviously, due to his fat salary and expenses paid for by us.

On giving money to yet another EU bureaucratic disaster, why does he think it would be more cost effective to give money to pen pushers to decide what to do with it rather than donate directly to the people that know what they are doing as opposed to those that haven't got a clue. This is an organisation that won't fund it's own auditors because they have refused to ever sign off the accounts of the EU. Why does he think we should trust in that.

This man turns up a few times every time he is due for re-election just to remind people that he's still troughing it up in Europe at our expense. He needn't bother. people don't vote for him, they vote for the shambles he represents, the Labour party.

I would love to know the statistics on malnutrition cases in Thurrock. My guess is the number is zero. Once again his answer is more benefits when this has clearly been a massive failure. The man is a leech and he's spewing complete horsesh1t.
Well he isn't starving obviously, due to his fat salary and expenses paid for by us. On giving money to yet another EU bureaucratic disaster, why does he think it would be more cost effective to give money to pen pushers to decide what to do with it rather than donate directly to the people that know what they are doing as opposed to those that haven't got a clue. This is an organisation that won't fund it's own auditors because they have refused to ever sign off the accounts of the EU. Why does he think we should trust in that. This man turns up a few times every time he is due for re-election just to remind people that he's still troughing it up in Europe at our expense. He needn't bother. people don't vote for him, they vote for the shambles he represents, the Labour party. I would love to know the statistics on malnutrition cases in Thurrock. My guess is the number is zero. Once again his answer is more benefits when this has clearly been a massive failure. The man is a leech and he's spewing complete horsesh1t. ebagumtrebor
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