Kevin sanctioned on Work Programme and now begging for food

Ann McGauran here puts another face to the statistics of the people forced to use food banks, another example of the people hit by this governments savage, punitive attitude to welfare and lies.

Ann McGauran

Kevin Jobbins, who's living on £7 a fortnight for food, following a benefit sanction Kevin Jobbins, who’s living on £7 a fortnight for food, following a benefit sanction

How does it feel to be “living” on a budget for food of £3.50 a week? Kevin Jobbins is doing exactly that, but the more you think about it, the less appropriate the concept of  existence or survival seems in this context. To survive  conjures up images of Everest expeditions  – involving a set of risks voluntarily  endured  by explorers who’ve personally opted to challenge their own physical and emotional limitations.

Kevin, on the other hand, came into the Greenwich Foodbank   because  he’s  not  surviving. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has failed to reinstate his benefits following a sanction in April. Kevin is 39, and is  receiving employment and support allowance (ESA). He’s waiting to go into detox treatment for drug and alcohol issues and is also on the waiting list for surgery…

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One Response to “Kevin sanctioned on Work Programme and now begging for food”

  1. foodbankhelper Says:

    Thanks so much for the reblog. I rely on you, Mike Sivier and a few other journalists and campaigners to guide me and help me keep up with the shifting (shifty?) welfare policy background. I’ve been posting interviews with individuals and families at the food bank and elsewhere for nearly a year now and will unfortunately have to review if I can continue unpaid with this particular project as a freelance journalist on a regular basis in the way I’ve done so far. What keeps me going for the time being is the thought that the foodbank clients don’t have the time or energy to record their own experiences. They’re concentrating on where their next meal is coming from. I know I’m preaching to the converted here – I’ve seen your wonderful posts which give such a brilliant historical perspective on welfare and inequalities. But we must as a civilized society keep on looking at, talking about and recording the real impact of these policies on individuals, families and communities.

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