If the former justice minister visited us at Coventry Foodbank, he would see the people left desperate after falling through the cracks in the system.
When I heard Dominic Raab say that studying Trussell Trust food bank data had made it clear to him that “the typical user of food banks is not someone who is languishing in poverty, it’s someone who has a cashflow problem episodically”, I immediately thought of Andrew.
I met Andrew a couple of years ago, when I was delivering a food bank parcel to his flat because he was too ill to come to the centre. Within the first two minutes I spent talking to him, it became clear he was struggling with multiple mental health issues and needed extra support. Instead he had fallen through the cracks in the system and his benefit payments had been stopped for six months. He couldn’t afford…
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