Help feed people in need appeal now underway!

At this London food bank, volunteers are getting down to Tesco today to encourage local donations during the three-day nationwide collection of emergency food.  Lots of new volunteers are helping with this wonderful event running at Tesco stores throughout the country.

The Trussell Trust is partnering with Tesco and Fareshare to hold the food collection.  The aim is to ensure its network of food banks can provide emergency food to more local people in crisis. Someone in your street or round the corner from you could benefit from your donation this weekend. Donate a can or two of food at your local Tesco store today, tomorrow (November 30th) or Sunday (December 1st). By doing this you can stop someone going hungry in your area.

One of the people being helped in our London food bank today was Theresa (not her real name), 49.  She’s working three low-paid part-time jobs, but had to give up work for a couple of  weeks recently because her 19 year old daughter is experiencing psychosis. Theresa, who has no partner, only gets paid leave/holiday pay in one of her jobs. But she had no choice other than to be there to support her daughter through a critical time. Theresa, who had to rush off to make it on time for one of her jobs,  says: “It’s very hard. Lack of money is the cause of everything, but I can’t show stress in front of my daughter, as she can’t cope with it. It does affect me though. My daughter is getting better, but it’s a long process.”

The donations made during major food collections such as the one this weekend will go directly towards making life a bit better for people like Theresa.

This is the Trussell Trust’s second nationwide supermarket collection, and Tesco is the first national supermarket to partner with food banks. Tesco will “top-up” your food donations by 30 per cent, making your gift go even further. It’s heartening that Tesco has recognised the level of need, as more and more individuals and families hit a crisis.  The Trussell Trust says it is “so excited that the UK’s largest supermarket has caught our vision and is working with us and Fareshare to fight food poverty”.

All food donated at Tesco food bank collections will go directly to the local food bank to help local people in need.

Unemployed Mother Told To Take Degree Off CV By JobCentre Staff

Same Difference

Readers, this mother, Rachel Sawford, hasn’t revealed a disability. However, I am sharing this article because something like this could so easily happen to anyone.

I have a degree myself, and if it was me, I would feel that all my struggles for an education were worth very little if I was not allowed to reveal my achievements when it should matter the most. This is exactly why I, personally, am scared of JobCentres, and thankful that I only claim DLA.

Are benefit claimants not human? Do we not have a right to an education? Someone needs to remind Jobcentre staff that not everyone who goes to university can go to Oxbridge and get a job immediately afterwards.

A mother who escaped an abusive relationship to get a degree was told to remove it from her CV by Jobcentre staff to avoid ‘scaring off’ employers.

Rachel Sawford, 29, proudly told…

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Interview with a Job Centre Advisor: sanction targets & corruption revealed


@JobcentreMole is a Job Centre advisor who has taken to Twitter to speak out about the Job Centre’s unfair treatment of people who are claiming benefits. For obvious reasons he is anonymous. I think that what he’s doing is very brave. We did this interview by email. (All emphases are mine).
The Mole says: “I started my career with Jobcentre plus over 15 years ago at such a young age, I have literally done every job at lower (band B) level there is within the Jobcentre. I can assure you my knowledge of Jobcentre Plus is up with the best, I can also assure you I am not alone with my views.” 
Do the management have targets to sanction x number of people, or are your team encouraged to sanction people?

There is 100% no specific target at all, however it is and has been mentioned before that each signer…

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