Friday 31 January 2014

DWP v Trussell Trust.

Many in our sector have been shocked by the behaviour of DWP towards the Trussell Trust. How extraordinary that a charity that is the embodiment of David Cameron's "Big society" ideal should be smeared and attacked in the way it has been. A Christian charity, volunteer led and with voluntary, not Government contributions is doing superb work at the sharp end of poverty.

My church in Charlbury supports the West Oxfordshire food bank- it’s in Mr Cameron's constituency (where today he entertains M. Hollande in a local gastropub I much enjoy myself!). I think many of us who do support food banks will wonder what is going on. Why refuse to meet with them?

For those who want to follow this sad tale the splendid article by Patrick Butler in Guardian Society says it all.

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