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January 22, 2014

Outrage As Former Tory MP Says
Poor People Use Food Banks
Because They Waste Money On Tattoos

by Welfare News Service

Former Tory MP, Edwina Currie, caused outrage last night after claiming that poor people use food banks because they waste their money on tattoos and dog food, and allow themselves to get into debt.

The number of people turning to food banks to feed themselves and their families has increased fivefold, since the coalition government took office in 2010.

The charity Trussell Trust, which runs over 400 food banks across the UK, helped to feed nearly 347,000 people in 2012/13. This compares to 61,468 in 2010/11. Trussell Trust say that they have witnessed a 76% increase in the number of new food banks opening their doors to the most needy since 2012.

These figures only represent the number of poverty-stricken people forced to turn to Trussell Trust food banks over this period, and does not include those receiving food aid from other charities and/or community run projects.

Speaking on Radio Stoke, the former Tory MP who was forced to quit her job as Health Minister in 1988 after incorrectly stating that eggs were infected with Salmonella, said:

“For the life of me I can’t see how giving someone a tin of soup when they are suffering from a mental illness or if they’ve got debt problems is going to contribute in any long-term way to solving their problems.

“If people have got into debt they should be asking themselves ‘Why did I get into debt and what did I do that was stupid to get into debt and what can I avoid doing in the future? How do I actually take control of my life so I am not in this situation?’

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