Wirral MP blasts Government over rejecting EU cash for food banks

Birkenhead MP Frank Field

Birkenhead MP Frank Field

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BIRKENHEAD MP Frank Field has criticised the Government for rejecting more than £203 million of funding that could have been used to boost food aid provision in Britain.

New figures obtained by Mr Field – who is the chair of the all-party parliamentary group on hunger and food poverty – from the House of Commons Library show that Britain would have been entitled to at least £203m from the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived between now and 2020, with more funding available if needed.

Mr Field has written to Prime Minister David Cameron asking him to decision to reject the funding.

He said: “People are going hungry yet the Government has turned down a small fortune in food aid funding.

“Despite recent improvements in the labour market, the cost of household essentials is continuing to rise, with household incomes for those at the bottom often failing to cover the costs of putting food on the table.

“An additional £200m plus of funding could have enabled food banks and other food aid providers to work wonders with the most vulnerable people in society.

“The Government must reconsider its bizarre decision to reject this funding.”

The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived was established by the Council of the European Union in December 2013 to enable member states to either distribute food and/or other material assistance to the most deprived people.

A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions said:  “We are not saying no to this money but we are saying no to Europe about how it should be spent.

“If we accepted the funding it would be taken off our structural fund budget which helps disadvantaged people into work.

“This is how similar funding has been used in the past – for employment skills and social inclusion. Just to be clear, we aren’t losing money.”

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6:32pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Positive thinker says...

Franky,

You will be asking for fillet steak vouchers for them next
Franky, You will be asking for fillet steak vouchers for them next Positive thinker
  • Score: 0

6:38pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Positive thinker says...

Just a quick one Frank,

What about Waitrose or Sainsburys delivering the food
parcels after all we don't want these people having to carry
them home
Just a quick one Frank, What about Waitrose or Sainsburys delivering the food parcels after all we don't want these people having to carry them home Positive thinker
  • Score: -3

7:01pm Mon 3 Feb 14

uncatom says...

Fund which helps disadvantaged people into work, well looks like that money has been wasted, Remploy shut down courtesy of Ms McVey the then alleged minister for the disabled, I wonder what government hairbrained scheme the money really has been wasted on?
Fund which helps disadvantaged people into work, well looks like that money has been wasted, Remploy shut down courtesy of Ms McVey the then alleged minister for the disabled, I wonder what government hairbrained scheme the money really has been wasted on? uncatom
  • Score: 6

7:11pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Thepleb says...

Positive thinker wrote:
Franky,

You will be asking for fillet steak vouchers for them next
By them do you mean the poor,jobless or the working poor who have to choose between food or heating, there are children going to school in the morning who haven't had breakfast and too see them eating their dinners like it is their last is heartbreaking, if your referring to the super strength swilling,chain smoking,brand new mobile phone scumbags I fully agree with you and the council should spend a few quid scraping them up from Hamilton Square,Charing cross and borough road and make them work cleaning up all the crap they leave behind.
[quote][p][bold]Positive thinker[/bold] wrote: Franky, You will be asking for fillet steak vouchers for them next[/p][/quote]By them do you mean the poor,jobless or the working poor who have to choose between food or heating, there are children going to school in the morning who haven't had breakfast and too see them eating their dinners like it is their last is heartbreaking, if your referring to the super strength swilling,chain smoking,brand new mobile phone scumbags I fully agree with you and the council should spend a few quid scraping them up from Hamilton Square,Charing cross and borough road and make them work cleaning up all the crap they leave behind. Thepleb
  • Score: 4

7:14pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Joeblogg85 says...

We should not be supporting these bloody Food banks. We should be looking to solve the problem of why people need them. Just can't understand where this concept came from.
We should not be supporting these bloody Food banks. We should be looking to solve the problem of why people need them. Just can't understand where this concept came from. Joeblogg85
  • Score: 5

8:00pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Positive thinker says...

Of course I mean the scumbags with the full strength tinnys,I would
donate myself for genuine people and kids not to go hungry
Of course I mean the scumbags with the full strength tinnys,I would donate myself for genuine people and kids not to go hungry Positive thinker
  • Score: 4

10:01pm Mon 3 Feb 14

spamfiend says...

I hate to see it but when I see people going to the food bank smoking their fags, it makes me curious where their priorities lie. When I was out of work, smokes where so far off my priority list...
I hate to see it but when I see people going to the food bank smoking their fags, it makes me curious where their priorities lie. When I was out of work, smokes where so far off my priority list... spamfiend
  • Score: 2

1:03am Tue 4 Feb 14

Thepleb says...

At £6_8 for twenty it makes you **** off to see people on benefits complaining about being skint, Moodz and Recession bar packed on most weekday afternoons don't tell me it's the new place to be seen for the retired wealthy, Monaco must be dead?
At £6_8 for twenty it makes you **** off to see people on benefits complaining about being skint, Moodz and Recession bar packed on most weekday afternoons don't tell me it's the new place to be seen for the retired wealthy, Monaco must be dead? Thepleb
  • Score: 4

10:45am Tue 4 Feb 14

uncatom says...

Unfortunately its the few that spoil it for the genuine, sat by a table in the Pyramids occupied by two sets of young adults with children, lads bedecked in the latest trackies n trainees, girls with the usual standard orange glow , fluttering eyelashes and obligatory tattoos, kids kitted out with branded clothes, prams loaded up with bags that would have made Pickfords proud, most of their time was spent talking on mobile phones, when they left the meals had hardly been touched, this being midweek, workers or shirkers? my money was on shirkers.
Unfortunately its the few that spoil it for the genuine, sat by a table in the Pyramids occupied by two sets of young adults with children, lads bedecked in the latest trackies n trainees, girls with the usual standard orange glow , fluttering eyelashes and obligatory tattoos, kids kitted out with branded clothes, prams loaded up with bags that would have made Pickfords proud, most of their time was spent talking on mobile phones, when they left the meals had hardly been touched, this being midweek, workers or shirkers? my money was on shirkers. uncatom
  • Score: 3

10:59am Tue 4 Feb 14

Positive thinker says...

The question is Uncatom,

How do they afford it and we're does the money come from
The question is Uncatom, How do they afford it and we're does the money come from Positive thinker
  • Score: -1

12:24pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Dantealighieri says...

£203 million is equal to 4days of UK tax payers money going to the EU. Despite the fact that the UK is a Net contrbuter to the EU of over £11 billion a year, we all should still of course feel eternally grateful for any of our own money that comes back. Perhaps Frank would like to join UKIP and help to cut out the middle man?
£203 million is equal to 4days of UK tax payers money going to the EU. Despite the fact that the UK is a Net contrbuter to the EU of over £11 billion a year, we all should still of course feel eternally grateful for any of our own money that comes back. Perhaps Frank would like to join UKIP and help to cut out the middle man? Dantealighieri
  • Score: 5

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