Conservatives in chaos over food bank stance

Upset and bemused about the fact that the government accuses a charity of running itself as a business purely because they are getting so many people needing their services that they COULD start running a business due to sheer demand. Of course the fact that none of their ‘customers’ have any money might be a slight barrier to profitable trade…

The below speaks volumes about the Mail on Sunday’s attempt at a hatchet job on the Trussel Trust’s food banks. On Easter Sunday of all days…

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Credit where it's due: The vast majority of reasons for people being referred to food banks are attributable to the Department for Work and Pensions. Could that be why the DWP is so desperate to silence the food bank charities? Credit where it’s due: The vast majority of reasons for people being referred to food banks are attributable to the Department for Work and Pensions. Could that be why the DWP is so desperate to silence the food bank charities?

Tories – what are they like?

The answer is, of course, even they don’t know – as evidenced by their current confusion over food banks.

David Cameron has enthusiastically backed their work at a Christian faith group’s Easter reception (and so he should, having sent so much of it their way), and Treasury minister David Gauke also praised them in an interview on Channel 4 News last week.

But the DWP says leading food bank provider the Trussell Trust is guilty of “misleading and emotionally manipulative publicity seeking”, with the rise in food bank use being the result of the charity’s leaders “aggressively marketing their services” and “effectively running a…

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