As Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng was unveiling his fatcat budget, others were picking up essential supplies from food banks. At Glasgow’s Carntyne and Riddrie Food Bank Credit Union, people were stunned at the brass neck of the Tories.
They criticised tax breaks being handed to the rich while the poorest people are being squeezed worse than ever. Food bank boss John Lyons said: “It makes me feel sick because it’s the poorest that are getting hammered.
“It’s always the poor who will pay. We are getting busier all the time and it’s the young people now who will be paying for the profits of fatcats for decades to come.
“We are seeing more and more people coming in here every day and this is a glaring sign of the massive gap between the rich and the poor.”
Mum-of-four Ana Maria Ioana, 34, works for 16 hours a week as a cleaner but still doesn’t make enough to feed her family. Ana Maria, who moved to Scotland from Romania, said: “I just don’t understand how cutting tax for rich people can help people who have nothing.”
Jodi Hughes, 32, has fibromyalgia and wears hearing aids after her ears were damaged by cancer. She said: ”It always feels like poor people are being stamped on but this news today takes the biscuit. This government don’t give a damn what people think of them.”
She added: “By the time I have paid all my bills I don’t have any money left. I have gone days without eating and I’ve been borrowing cash against my next benefits payment.”
Alex Gibb, 43, said: “I’m using a food bank because I’m unable to work and on benefits. I’m being put on Universal Credit despite the fact I fractured my spine and I’m not fit to work.
“Benefits rates are miles behind the rate of inflation, which means millions get poorer, yet the rich people are all getting tax breaks, which is unfair.”
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