Seems its a massive thing in Spain also.
The thread about PMQs got me thinking about one of the topics that was ""discussed" - food banks. I found this rather excellent article: Food banks: is Cameron on the money? | The FactCheck Blog
What interests me is not so much whether Cameron or Milliband were right or wrong, but rather the scale of the need for such a service. At first I was simply shocked. Then I realised that, actually, accessing benefit payments is so bound with bureaucracy that people could indeed starve to death while the petits fonctionnaires shuffle paper around.
The people who run the food banks have realised this, and their website emphasises that the food is merely an emergency service. They also provide help with getting proper benefit payments from the state. This is the other side of the coin from benefit scroungers. The food banks help people who are genuinely deserving, but whom the welfare state has failed.
According to this article, compiled in co-operation with the Trussell Trust, that accounts for something less than half the food bank recipients, the rest being victims of doorstep lending which continues unregulated and makes its practictioners rich.
BBC News - The growing demand for food banks in breadline Britain
I'm shocked that many people are using them. And I'm guessing most of those users represent a household i.e. several mouths to feed. I though people in desperate straits got crisis loans/handouts from the local authority? Or am I way out of date there?
People with little money seem to prioritize in a weird way. Was round at my gf's colleagues house for lunch at the weekend, both of them earn a v low wage, they have 3 kids and their council house was at a bloody baltic temperature presumably to save on the gas bill. And yet a 55" telly and skybox grace the lounge. Get warm first people, then waste money on shit entertainment
Maybe they're just keen environmentalists...