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From The Socialist newspaper, 27 February 2013

Foodbank figures reveal reality of austerity

Robert McArdle , Coventry East Socialist Party

In a survey of Coventry Foodbank service users by Warwick University, 62.7% said their weekly household income was less than 100 a week. 72.5% of the users said they had skipped eight meals in the last four weeks. 45.1% admitted that they had stolen to feed their family before getting help from the Foodbank.

The Coventry Telegraph (20 February) highlighted the survey as it reported: "A break-down of recipients' backgrounds also showed most, 84.3%, of the beneficiaries were born in the UK and of those, 53.5% were Coventry-born."

"Delays and changes to benefits were the single biggest factor Coventry Foodbank users cited for using the service (44%)". This was closely followed, also on 44%, by people saying low income was the main factor driving them into poverty.

Austerity is condemning more people into the humiliating situation where they need to use food banks in order to survive.

Capitalism fails to find the solution because it is the cause - we need a socialist society run for the needs of the masses, based on democratic planned production.

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The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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In The Socialist 27 February 2013:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Austerity... Anger... Action!

Resist all attacks on trade union facility time

The Work Programme isn't working

Will the Tories play the benefits card?

Foodbank figures reveal reality of austerity

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

South Africa: Big response for Workers' and Socialist Party

Italian election - Results resolve nothing


Socialist Party workplace news

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Socialists strengthened on NUT executive

London workers lobby GLA about cuts and conditions

Housing support - workers and service users under attack

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

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Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition: building an anti-cuts electoral voice

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Socialist Party 2013 congress

Socialist Party Scotland conference


Socialist history

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Readers' comments

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