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Cumbrian foodbank expecting to help 300 people a month

Staff at an emergency food service in west Cumbrians say they expect to see a “huge rise” in demand from the area’s most desperately poor people.

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Eddy, Have you ever asked yourself what the council tax payers, of this country are actually paying for and the national insurance tax payers, and food tax, and tax on every item we buy in the shops, as consumers? We pay for everythingnd subsidised nuclear energy, even the natural gas tax payers paid for the infrastructure and subsidied the gas companies, who make billions in profits from ectracting natural resources every day . The very wealthy pay as little as possible for all the benefits, that they receive from the tax payers. they even benefit from the consumers including those who dare to ask for financial support from a government that also benefits greatly from the poor.

Posted by Dawn on 10 February 2013 at 09:08

Eddy, foodbanks are manned by volunteers. The food in the banks is donated by the public. The Govt. dont fund foodbanks and if this Govt had to fund so much as a bar of chocolate to a starving man you can bet your bottom dollar they'd be looking at ways to shut all foodbanks down.

Posted by Rod on 7 February 2013 at 23:21

Why do so many people expect something for nothing and always expect the government to pay for everything. Everyone in this country has had a chance in life. They get free education. If they don't take that opportunity, and looking at the standard of English in some of the comments in this thread, many don't, tough! They get housing if they need it , generous benefits etc, free health care etc. But guess what, it's not free it's all paid for by the hard pressed tax payer! To be honest, if the government started delivering food parcels there'd be a massive bureaucracy developed to provide them and there would be subsequent inquiries and debates into the quality of the fare being delivered, again at the tax payers expense. The best way is to let volunteers do it, they'll be cost effective and it'll make the charity givers feel good about themselves.
Although I'm having a go at the poor, I totally agree with all comments which are anti bankers (investment bankers not the folk working in the local bank) and anti politicians, complete slime, the lot of them.

Posted by Eddy on 7 February 2013 at 21:03

we are going backward. i work but im no better off than someone on benefits when my hours are cut i still have to get by on less money .it all wants sorted out before depression becomes a part of life .

Posted by anna on 7 February 2013 at 19:14

your doing a good job handing out food parcels , pity the goverment arnt doing there jobs correctly, supporting the british people.

Posted by george on 7 February 2013 at 15:36

well lets hope no ones going hungry in allerdale when the council sees fit to give £100,000 towards the white elephant which is derwent park,i,ve no interest in the sport ,so why should my council tax pay for that?
if as they say its going to have an economy effect on the town then i,d hope to see a reduction in my bloated council tax,so as well as paying towards council employees pension,i,m paying for the superstars of workington.

Posted by west cumberland cynic on 7 February 2013 at 14:36

this guy wont be re-elected.the great divine the snobs against the poor,with the bedroom tax getting introduced in april.britain must be the jokers in the eu pack. i feel really sorry for the ordinary people like me who havnt got a chance in getting a job,the food parcels are the best chance people have got,prity soon thell be soup kitchens on our streets and more tramps and homeless in our parks an shop door ways,and children in hand me downs,and people say british and best. well it was in our fathers day,

Posted by pauper on 7 February 2013 at 12:31

sailfish,shouldnt bother you who i vote for,but next i,ll be voting ukip,and why dont you ask labour mp tony cunninham about overseas aid like i did and hemll tell you that we are morally obliged ,good old labour,they,ll spend anyones cash bar their own.

Posted by west cumberland cynic on 7 February 2013 at 11:15

The government don't fund out lifeboat service.
The government don't pay for our air ambulance.
The government actually tax our mountain rescue volunteers equipment.
The government let us fund cancer research.
Our Eden Hospice for those children needing love and support in their last few weeks is run by donations. The government don't pay for that.
The government won't fund debt or advice centers even though they caused the debt problems in the first place.
But the good news is that they'll support new Art museums and entertainment venues in London!
That just about sums them up!

Posted by Dave on 7 February 2013 at 10:44

Yet again there's someone assuming the worst of people. Just because people use food banks doesn't mean they are chain smoking party animals. Why not volunteer one day at a food bank you may be surprised at who you see. I have elderly relatives who rely on benefits and its safe to say I won't be seeing them down botchergate with a packet of lambert & butler hanging out their pockets.

Posted by Natalie on 7 February 2013 at 00:59

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