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Poorest And Most Vunerable The Hardest Hit : Especially Those NOT Able To Work !!! Half Of The 8.4 Million Carer Army ? - Page 22 - Carers UK Forum

Poorest And Most Vunerable The Hardest Hit : Especially Those NOT Able To Work !!! Half Of The 8.4 Million Carer Army ?

Discuss news stories and political issues that affect carers.
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Sourcing foodstuffs and other essentials is one problem ... paying for them is another :

Families borrowing to buy food a week into UK lockdown.

Food Foundation warns of crisis as YouGov poll reports 1.5m people worrying about hunger.

The Food Foundation, which commissioned the YouGov poll, said the outbreak would lead rapidly to a hunger crisis unless the government acted immediately to get food aid and money to the most vulnerable and isolated people.

More than 1.5 million adults in Britain say they cannot obtain enough food. Half of the YouGov poll sample reported that they were self-isolating, and 53% of NHS workers were worried about getting food.

Half of parents on low incomes with children eligible for free school meals said they had not yet received any substitute meals to keep their children fed, despite government promises to provide food vouchers or parcels. Around 830,000 children are therefore likely to be going without daily sustenance.

The scale of financial and food insecurity is revealed by the numbers reporting that they had already had to borrow money to survive, just a week into the lockdown. Of those surveyed, 6% had taken out personal loans. Households with children were two and a half times more likely to have borrowed than those without.

This one interlocks with the FOOD BANK thread :

Coronavirus : Government to announce funding for charities hit by outbreak.

Help The Hungry : Support set to be detailed in coming days, as The Independent launches appeal to help hungry.

It came as The Independent launched its Help The Hungry campaign in support of the London Food Alliance, to help get food to those in danger of going hungry because of job losses, isolation or the closure of food banks as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Across Britain, community hubs are being set up in response to the outbreak to deliver food to many of these people, beginning as early as next week. The Independent has teamed up with The Felix Project – a start-up charity we helped launch in 2016 – to deliver produce to hubs in the capital.
Benefit changes leave disabled people facing poverty, charities warn.

Hundreds of thousands of disabled and ill claimants left out of UK coronavirus measures.

Hundreds of thousands of disabled and chronically ill people face poverty after being left out of emergency measures to bolster the benefits system to help claimants cope with the coronavirus crisis, 100 disability charities have warned.

The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) said in an open letter to the work and pensions secretary, Thérèse Coffey, that changes introduced last week to raise the weekly rate of universal credit by £20 would not apply to those on legacy benefits.

Many claimants will not receive the increase, worth more than £1,000 a year, because they receive employment and support allowance (ESA), a disability unemployment benefit that pre-dates universal credit, the consortium said.

The DBC includes charities such as Leonard Cheshire Disability, MS Society, Parkinson’s UK, Mind, Macmillan Cancer Support, Age UK, Guide Dogs, Royal British Legion and Terrence Higgins Trust.

The charities have called for measures to protect vulnerable claimants from sudden falls in income, including a definitive commitment from ministers not to apply benefit sanctions, and a repayment holiday on advance loans from the Department for Work and Pensions to see new claimants through the five-week wait for a first universal credit payment.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/202 ... oronavirus
Coronavirus : Free school meals children to get food vouchers.

Families with children eligible for free school meals in England will be able to claim weekly shopping vouchers while schools are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, say ministers.

The scheme will allow schools to issue vouchers worth £15 a week per child.

Headteachers have warned that even with the vouchers, some parents will struggle to feed their children.

UK's poorest families suffering as free school meal vouchers delayed,

Supplier unable to keep up with demand for coronavirus lockdown food vouchers, headteachers say.

Many families whose children are eligible for free school meals have not received supermarket vouchers as promised by the government because of delays in the supply system, school leaders say.

Headteachers and school business managers in England said the problem was widespread, and many took to social media to complain about difficulties accessing the scheme and delays in delivering vouchers to the families who need them.

Until now there has been support for the government’s announcement of a national voucher scheme to ensure that children from the poorest families continue to receive free meals while schools are closed during the Covid-19 crisis.

But many schools have since complained that Edenred, the provider selected by government to supply the vouchers, does not have the capacity to deal with the demand, which was exacerbated last weekend when the former education secretary, Michael Gove, unexpectedly announced that the scheme would be extended over Easter.

Although the extension was widely welcomed, there was criticism from schools, who had been given no warning and had already broken up for the Easter holidays.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2 ... rs-delayed
There is a 'don't care attitude' right now towards the poorest. But then again, when my son was school-aged and in the 5 years he had no education at all, I received zero in vouchers, not even 1..So I can't be surprised at hearing the latest being what I call 'the corona excuse', in this day and age.
Coronavirus will cause child poverty to soar. So what can we do about it ?

Politicians, parents and child poverty experts explain how we can stop the most vulnerable paying the biggest price.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/202 ... ns-parents

Whoopee ... Austerity Mark 2 now raging through these deserted lands !

Who would have thought that coronavirus had an economic / social devastation strain ?

Just as deadly as the health one !
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