DWP Advising Jobcentres On Sending Claimants To Food Banks – Documents

This article from the Guardian shows that the government is lying when it states that food banks are not part of the welfare state. I’ve no doubt that this formally not the case, but it is rapidly being incorporated into it. This is in line with the general policy of the post-Thatcherite administrations to incorporate the private sector into the delivery of goods and service which previously would have been done by the state. The other is that the Tories and New Labour admire and consciously wish to emulate America, and the American states issues stamps for food and milk in some areas, rather than welfare cheques. This is, I believe, the underlying reason for the expansion of food banks. Apart from the obvious, which is that the Tories hate the poor with a vengeance, and have a murderously venomous contempt for the unemployed. Your body, like your life and property, should be sacred and inviolable. Under no circumstances should be forced into selling your vital organs to support yourself. The people who have been forced to do so are victims. Those that have engineered this situation in the world’s 7th biggest economy are monsters every bit as grim as gangs that supposedly kidnap people for their organs in the urban myth.


This article  was written by Rowena Mason and Patrick Butler, for The Guardian on Tuesday 11th March 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions is advising jobcentres on how to send people to food banks, official documents show – despite ministers’ claiming the charitable support forms no part of the welfare system.

Ministers insist jobcentres “do not refer people to food banks or issue vouchers” and that food banks are “absolutely not a part of the welfare system because we have other means of supporting people”. They say jobcentres only “signpost” the existence of food banks and dispute the link between welfare changes and a surge in their use.

However, documents obtained under freedom of information laws show there is a “high level process” written by the DWP to be followed when benefit claimants say they are in hardship because of government policy and need food.

A six-step flowchart…

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6 Responses to “DWP Advising Jobcentres On Sending Claimants To Food Banks – Documents”

  1. joanna Says:

    Hi It’s me again, I really need your advice please, I have to do a project on the welfare state. Only the problem is the person who threw me the challenge firmly believes that the state is not obligated in any way to give any sort of benefits to anyone and they should work for a living, he says that everyone, no matter what limitations they might have, can do something for employment. Please how can rebut his statement, surely he is wrong, please will you help me?

  2. Jeffrey Davies Says:

    yes Joanna there wasmen just like that by the summer of 41 they had gassed with just two lorries unemployed disabled sick lame and lazy peoples to death why ask information outs there do you want us to do it for one if ones doing work project do it on you own otherwise its called cribbing

  3. Jeffrey Davies Says:


  4. joanna Says:

    There might be info out there but they are opinions that do not tell me anything there is no need to be rude I was merely asking for advice I have it all done apart from this bit.

    What I really want to know is what makes people entitled, I am not ever saying that they aren’t I just want to know, for example I get more benefits than a pensioner gets, and although I am very grateful, I still think it is not right.

    I also know a few people who don’t ever want a job, don’t do anything even missing signing on, should they be entitled to assistance if they aren’t willing to do anything?

    I have read a couple of things from David Icke and I was quite moved.

    Personally I think benefits should have been left alone, there are more lucrative avenues to go down, but unfortunately my confidence to put such opinions forward always fails me. I suffer with sever bipolar, post traumatic stress disorder and clinical depression to the point of being a suicidal risk.

    I did ask him, if he ever considered that his taxes may be being used to pay for IDS’ underwear?

  5. Jeffrey Davies Says:

    Joanna I aint taking a pop at you it sounded like you wanted others to do your work if ones a sufferer then pop across to http://www.dwpexamination.org there you find many who like us all suffer
    myself I worked for 40or41 yrs only to find that esa was paid for 365 then nowt so yes im mad but learned that if one fights back then one atleast get something back I went to work and enjoyed my job working seven days a week many mates who I grew up with didn’t work but then I didn’t call them names like this government has theres always going to be some who don’t want to work but that’s never bothered me one bit has for taxes its that 99percent who are poor always get to pay but that 1percent offshore accounts yes its a funny world when those working allow the biggest villians in this to work around freely without jail and the best part they still award themselves vast bonuses jeff3

  6. beastrabban Says:

    Hi Joanna – it’s quite a difficult question, and I can understand why you’re feeling a bit stumped. There are several ways to answer the question concerning why somebody is entitled to state benefits, either generally or particularly.

    These may be based on assumptions of a transcendent set of objective morals, which oblige someone to be given support in particular circumstances. For example, a religious person who supports welfare provision, such as a Christian, Jew or Muslim, may feel that there is a set of eternal moral laws establish by God, which oblige them to give assistance and relief to those in need through no fault of their own, such as the elderly, the sick, disabled or unemployed. They may therefore support those parties or demand the introduction of legislation which will give such help to the poor and needy.

    Another is the assumption that people possess equal rights as human beings, and so deserve equal treatment. One of the most recent expressions of this kind of political ideology is Rawls’ A Theory of Justice, in which he argues that people should be given the same rights, which each person would want for him or herself.

    Another argument may come from criticisms of the very structure of society. For example, the early Fabians, such as George Bernard Shaw, and Sidney and Beatrice Webb, were attracted to Socialism because they believed it would make society more efficient. In this conception, an unemployed person would be entitled to state benefit because he was suffering through the inefficient organisation of society, rather than any fault of his own.

    Finally, some of the earliest advocates of welfare legislation, like T.H. Green, the 19th century Liberal social theorist, were influenced by Hegelian philosophy. This looked at society as a whole, rather than as a collection of individuals. As a result, they believed that the state had a positive duty to assist its poorest and most underprivileged members.

    Of course, these arguments aren’t mutually exclusive. A religious person may choose to support the state support of the poor, sick and elderly because he or she believes that it is the most efficient way of assisting them, rather than private charity.

    As for the amount of particular benefits a person receives, in the case of pensions these were calculated from personal contributions. Hence the comparatively low level of state support a pensioner receives. They also take into account issues such as cost of living. In the case of the young unemployed, benefits based partly on taxation, or it was, so the amount given was consequently somewhat higher in particular circumstances.

    As for what should be done with someone who doesn’t want to work, historically the assumption was that everyone who could, should. Back in the 1950s the Labour Exchanges, as they were then, would guide people into jobs, or force them to take a suitable one, if one was available. However, while you may not agree with the attitude of such voluntarily unemployed, you could still consider that they deserve some kind of support, as this would be far more moral than allowing them to starve.

    I hope this helps.

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