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Sunday, 23 October 2016

1,640,000 people are going hungry because they cannot afford to "heat and eat"

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/four-10-social-housing-tenants-9107639

Four in 10 social housing tenants forced to skip meals because they can't afford to eat



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Four in 10 social housing tenants forced to skip meals

The 21st Century, in the United Kingdom. Today in Theresa May's conservative controlled Great Britain, four in 10 social housing tenants are forced to skip meals because they can't afford to eat. The most recent figures reveal that around 4.1 million people live in "social housing" in this country, which means that more than 1,640,000 people men, women and children are going hungry because they cannot afford to "heat and eat" especially during the winter months, due to lack of finance. This situation has resulted in the huge rise in the number of people becoming reliant on Food-banks and other charities a number of people which now exceeds one million. This situation is particularly difficult for those in our society who are by reason of age or sickness or both, or those too young to fend for themselves, in the most vulnerable position and consequently likely to more effected by the lack of food and adequate warmth.

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Before the usual suspects with their bigoted opinions and warped views of reality, leap onto the bandwagon of hostility and derision with, "they should cut out their cigarettes and booze", or "they should send back the 51inch Plasma TV", or "they should learn how to manage their money" and other contemptuous remarks, I would make one thing perfectly clear. By far, the vast majority of the 1,640,000 people in the position of being forced to choose between heating or eating, are not there from choice. They are in that position because they are the victims of a system which allows such circumstances to arise and tolerates that situation to continue. They are the victims of successive governments since the turn of this century, which have abdicated responsibility towards large sections of our society and allowed greed and self interests to flourish particularly in the provision of energy, housing and public services. Over the past 10 years, the country has been subjected to increasing levels of austerity which has inversely affected society to such an extent that the top 10% are now even richer than they were only 5 years ago, whilst everyone else has had their living standards reduced.
We must drive this wretched government from office at the earliest possible opportunity, and reverse their pernicious policies which exploit the many for the benefit of the few. We must create a society where poverty is eliminated, where people are not forced into Food-banks to provide for their families or where people are faced with the stark choice of eat or heat. We must ensure that in the remaining years of this century, we create a society where no section is left behind and where we all share in the wealth of this nation and all its people. It is a mammoth task which we face, and we must start today to bring about the changes which will be necessary.