IDS Makes Food Banks Part of the ‘Welfare State’

Mike over at Vox Political has reported that IDS, in his comments to the Commons, seems to see food banks as part of the welfare state, despite his previous denials. Mike’s article Are food banks a part of the benefit system now DWP advisors are being sent there? begins

Iain Duncan Smith has indicated that he considers food banks to be a permanent part of the benefit system now, while answer questions posed by the Commons Work and Pensions committee.

He said he was “fully in support of food banks” and added that, “where people go to food banks because of problems with the department, the department tries to pick up those problems.”

He also said he was visited by representatives of a food bank before the summer break, who said some individuals had a problem with benefit payments.

He said he tried putting a benefits adviser in the food bank when it is open, so he or she can look into these cases. If the initiative works, it will be rolled out nationally.

As with so much by this vicious and mendacious government, I’m not actually surprised by this. Maggie always wanted to replace the welfare state with private charity, and it seemed to me from the start that what the Tories have wanted is to replace payments with food stamps, like in America. This has just confirmed it.

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One Response to “IDS Makes Food Banks Part of the ‘Welfare State’”

  1. 1968xavier Says:

    Reblogged this on Derby People's Assembly.

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