This will be one of many posts on what the Coalition are doing to the most vulnerable in our society
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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