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Security checks inconvenience
Hilary Andrews, Leeds.
SO the EU countries have decided to inconvenience UK citizens by making them wait in line for so-called security checks at the holiday airports.
What a childish lot they are. Don’t they realise that Brits will either holiday at home or go to Thailand, China or Japan where eating out is cheaper and the countries are far more interesting than over-crowded European beaches, rather than be blackmailed in this way?
Their tourist industry will lose the revenue that many of these countries rely on to keep their economy afloat.
Thank goodness we are getting out from under their control.
Rise in need for city food banks: your views
The increase in the take-up at a foodbank serving the south of Leeds has been “phenomenal” say crisis workers amid fears that poverty in the city is getting worse. In one week alone the distribution centre at Lincoln Green hands out around half a tonne of food and at a faster rate than it is coming in. Project manager Wendy Doyle says the spike has come in the last 18 months and is more prevalent during the school holidays periods. We asked YEP readers if there’s a poverty crisis in Leeds and here’s what some of them said on social media..
The fact that people use foodbanks means there is poverty is a flawed conclusion.
If you offer anything free, you’re bound to get people that take advantage, no matter what their circumstances.
Years ago when the goverment offered free EU cheese, butter and tinned minced meat to the needy, people registered with the same dole signing on card at multiple collection points and sold the items cheap.
Gaynor Louise Bainbridge
Not everyone using food banks is taking advantage of ‘freebies,’ for a lot of parents it’s something to be ashamed of.
Imagine admitting to people you can’t afford to feed your kids - to housing, support workers etc, all people who can ring social services on you - and be listened to, it’s not as easy as a lot of people think.
I’m lucky that I have been able to avoid using food banks, but know a lot of families who have had no choice but to. And trust me, they aren’t taking advantage of a free service.
People really need to think things through before judging others. Your judgements could cause a family to starve instead of using a vital service they need.
Parents who use breakfast clubs and free school meals are having to provide those meals for the kids (not a bad thing) when money’s stretched by rising bills during school holidays when kids also need entertaining. So a lot of parents are paying their bills and finding money’s not stretching to feed the kids three meals a day.
I’ve been a single parent of three girls for 14 years and not once ever have a struggled to feed them.
My first priority is bills and food, and everything else comes after. The only people I can think of that would struggle is people that lose their jobs due to redundancy for example and does take a while for benefits to start. Other than that, it’s a matter of making priorities.
I can’t help being cynical, but I hope those using the foodbanks are those who really need them and not people taking advantage of kind natured citizens. Also, how many still have their electronic gadgets instead of buying food?
Electronic gadgets in toady’s society are a necessity, not a luxury. Plus people do get bought presents.
It’s consumers that pay your wages. The economy is a symbiotic entity, those food bank users who still buy electronic gadgets so they can job search or get sanctioned are helping keep someone in a job.
If every person on low incomes stopped buying those ‘extras’ the economy would be even worse off.
Check the stats re the increase in people with malnutrition due to lack of access to decent food.
There may be people who ‘take advantage of a free service’ but there are certainly those who have to rely on community based initiatives like this.
Free service is popular, shock. If you make something free it all goes. If you respond by lying to yourself and doing more free, then even more is used.
These people think that people accepting free food means there are people starving. No, it’s just free.
I know someone who goes very regularly. He jokes about how easy it is and he can spend his money on other things. It angers me and I now don’t put stuff in the trolley in the supermarket for donations.
mcad, via website
I appreciate some people will be in genuine need, but I’ll bet a large percentage of folk getting free food have a Sky TV subscription.
It might be free but it isn’t easy, you have to meet strict criteria to get it you can’t just walk in off the street and say I want as some people seem to think.
You have to be recommended by a poverty action group and get vouchers to say you comply with the necessary guidelines.
Government must invest in maternity care
Dr Anthea Mowat, BMA representative body chair
Research from Labour revealing the shocking extent of which hospitals have had to temporarily close their maternity wards to new admissions in 2016 highlights the desperate need to invest in maternity services across the country.
Childbirth is often a very stressful time and parents should not be subjected to further uncertainty yet the figures reveal that in 2016, 386 hospitals had to close their doors at some point - an increase of 70 percent since 2014 Among them was the maternity unit at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust was closed on five occasions in 2016 and one occasion the unit was closed for 14.5 hours to “maintain safety and staffing levels”.
Lack of investment in maternity care from consecutive governments has left hospitals in the difficult positon where they have had to turn pregnant women away as lack of bed capacity, increasing demands and staff shortages have pushed services to breaking point.
This is unacceptable and a clear sign that the government must urgently invest in maternity care and address the staffing shortfall so more families are not left to unfairly suffer.
Deep damage to health service
John Appleyard, Liversedge
Shocking new figures show the deep damage done to the health service by Tory austerity.
Some 44 per cent of hospital trusts responding to freedom of information requests said they had turned away pregnant women due to lack of resources and the crisis appears to be intensifying. Across England, hospitals said they had temporarily closed their maternity wards to new admissions 382 times last year, this is not good enough.
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