|These figures are UK wide
|But at least we are still punching above our weight when
it comes to running the world and causing wars.
|You'll be dust by the time that happens Skelly.
Figures show that in 2012/13 Scottish food banks provided help to 14,318 people, but in 2013/14 that figure had increased by 400% to 71,428.
Of those 22,387 - more than 30% - were children.
The DWP junior minister, the insufferable Esther McVey, says that it’s nothing to do with the Tories and their cuts… but as far as I can make out she hasn't been able to explain what IS causing this huge rise in dependency.
I suppose in Tory land these things “just happen”. Maybe they didn't realise that poor people need to eat too, because they had never been in the servants' hall at feeding time. Who knows?
However, despite all this hunger, there still seems to be no reluctance to renew trident at a cost of £100 billion and rising. Clearly, a few rich spoilt Eton brats getting to sit at the top table and pretend that they matter is, to them, far more important than starving children.
The government, our government that is, has made a million pounds available to help food banks in Scotland, as Nicola announced in her speech last week.
Edinburgh has already had to step in to help people beat the Bedroom Tax and other reductions in social security benefits, for which you may remember, we have all paid in our taxes. And we are still waiting for Freud to reply to the letter asking London for permission to exceed the amount of aid legally permitted by the UK government.
How much more is the Scottish government going to have to find from its ever decreasing budget to help people in this potentially very rich country being starved to death by London’s policies?
If anyone finds the clip of McVile on the news today (Niko mentioned it on the last post), can you please post a link.