The Big Society, Berlin, Germany, 1930
22 Saturday Dec 2012
The rise of food banks and the fall of the Big Society
"Isn’t it a shame that in the season of goodwill, the Prime Minister cannot extend any to those who are worst-off in his bold Big Society?
Instead, all they’ve been given are bad statistics and platitudes.
I’m referring, of course, to his performance in the last Prime Minister’s Questions of 2012, when he was asked to explain why there has been a sixfold increase in the number of food banks in the UK during the last three years – the time since Mr Cameron’s Coalition government took over."
LAST UPDATED AT 09:56 ON Tue 18 Dec 2012
Mothers 'steal to feed children' as poor rely on food banks
"Shoplifters in deprived areas target essential items, say police, amid growing economic hardship
YOUNG MOTHERS in South Yorkshire are being forced to steal to feed their children as the economic downturn continues to bite, according to police.
In deprived areas like Rotherham, where crime has increased by 28 per cent in the last 12 months, the poor have been reduced to stealing groceries and other essential items just to survive."
15 August 2011
The well-trousered philanthropists: Tory party chums and food parcels for the poor
"Active citizen Mel Kelly discovers how private companies with Conservative connections are benefiting from 'reform' of the British welfare state."
Saturday 22 December 2012 20.34 GMT
Christmas food handouts double as millions face 'financial precipice'
"Debt-ridden households could kill off economic recovery when interest rate rises, says Resolution Foundation."
2012 review – are we looking at a decade of destitution? (JRF)
Autumn statement and the Office for Budget Responsibility (Inclusion)
Councillor in attack on food bank
How does the Coalition score on food poverty and living standards?