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Former Work & Pensions Secretary on reasons for the rise in the use of foodbanks

 

shawn
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Esther McVey in the Times:

As work and pensions secretary, Ms McVey was criticised for the rise in the use of food banks after the introduction of universal credit. She argues that the trend has been partly driven by changing spending priorities. “When I was growing up my parents put money into food, utility bills and the mortgage. Now people feel to be connected they’ve got to have an iPad and a phone that will help them with education and jobs.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/you-have-to-stand-on-your-own-two-feet-i-had-to-make-my-own-networks-kcc5f7fg6

     
ClairemHodgson
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and never mind that the government has made it compulsory for people to have a phone or similar with internet connectivity, as do many employers

     
John Birks
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That money has never had to work so hard

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN06762/SN06762.pdf