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London foodbank life: Surreal at times, but dangerous too

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Shocking in modern day Britain as female graduate forced to consider escort work just to afford to stay alive with food on the table a roof above her head, with all it entails, risk, danger, even counter to what religious groups may encourage. UK government instead of discouraging such things, it is encouraging them for self preservation as it washes hands of the poor masses it has caused by its austerity policies targeting the poor and vulnerable.

Ann McGauran

Ben Adou hasn’t received jobseeker’s allowance since early March. He came into the foodbank hungry.

I’m pondering the brutal absurdities of day-to-day life for a growing number of the people I come across at this London Trussell Trust foodbank. Sarah (not her real name), wants a job. She’s a gentle and intelligent 28-year-old law graduate with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). A month ago she was nearly made homeless when the hostel told her they were going to evict her. The housing association running the hostel changed its mind at the last minute, but tragically she’s considering escort work as a possible way to clear debts, including a Wonga loan at extortionate rates. What does the future hold for her after she finally worked up the courage to escape a violent home situation? Will Mark, who’s trying to battle both depression and a debilitating shoulder injury, ever get his claim…

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