Lifestyle choices – benefits and food banks

by workshyscrounger

I got used to being told that being disabled and on benefits is my choice. I guess I could top myself and get off benefits – as my psychologist says: there is always a choice even if we do not like either option. First thing I see today:

Demand for food banks ‘has nothing to do with benefits squeeze,’ says Lord Freud

I must still be asleep then. Only I am not. Perhaps, I started doing all the drugs as I should – what with me being an accomplished benefit scrounger. Only I did not. I must have lost my mind then. Either me or him and it is impossible that the minister of welfare reform would spout such ill-informed views. It must be me. Or I am reading it wrong. No!? Insanity then. Thank goodness! It’s just me and not the whole world.

Unfortunately, it all comes down to the preternatural ability of our government to explain everything away without ever referring to basic facts. To living in the fairy tale world where benefit claimants are happy and well-off, where all children have three square meals every day, where liveable wage jobs are there for the taking and the disabled are getting all kinds of support they need.

However, as it seems, we, the benefit scroungers, are no longer happy sponging solely off the state. Now it is time to involve the charities. Three days’ worth of food three times a month means that we will be able to upgrade our Sky subscription to super-hd with tea-making option. Or buy so many more bottles of cider. Or squander our our ultra-generous benefits in some other way. You know, your GP will refer you. Everyone knows how easy it is to get the sick fit line, drugs and disability certificate (so much so that Atos had to be hired because GPs and specialists cannot be trusted). There is no shame in begging for food. In having to walk miles to the nearest one. In having to wait because the demand (caused by the government) outstrips supply.

Even the DWP spokesman says “[…]Jobcentre Plus – for the first time – is now referring people to [food banks’] services.” Why, pray tell, if there is no need.