Bed-ridden stroke victim told to use food banks after DWP admin error leaves him without benefits | The Independent

The UK’s Independent reports a tragic story from Scotland. It reports that a bed-ridden stroke victim was told to use food banks after an administrative error left him and his wife facing extreme poverty. Alan Buchanan, 65, has been bed bound after suffering several major seizures since he had his first stroke 15 years ago, and the once successful businessman is now entirely dependent on his wife Heather and the occasional visits of carers. The couple, from the small Scottish town of Callander, near Loch Lomond, said they now fear homelessness after their benefits were stopped because of an administrative error.

Source: Bed-ridden stroke victim told to use food banks after DWP admin error leaves him without benefits | The Independent

Whilst this is an extreme example, it highlights the impact of austerity and what happens when the social safety nets are removed. It also questions the wisdom of outsourcing to large consulting firms like Atos, who are probably more interested in their own profitability than social care, driven by partners with massive incomes.

Of course, even if this is an isolated story, the growing dependence on food banks highlights the realities of austerity.

With a general election looming, it surprises me how few people realize that matters will get much tougher post Brexit. The media should be presenting independently commissioned risk analysis showing the worst case scenarios post Brexit with higher taxes, fewer jobs, slashed public services and limited real change to immigration. The election is about more than Brexit.


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Dr Alf makes a telling point because it seems many of the “great unwashed” like to periodically drink themselves into oblivion and then kill themselves by ingesting sugary soft drinks and junk food cooked in horse-fat.

Too many of them take no responsibility for their health and do little or nothing in the way of exercise, vitamin supplementation or cooking proper food.

Too many of them cannot cook, microwave ready meals, drink too much alcohol and allow themselves to become grossly overweight, depressed, lazy and unproductive.

As it is, the NHS even if it was run properly, simply cannot cope with mass stupidity on this scale.

Sadly the Philistines are on the march and they will drag down the sensible and the responsible if they are left unchecked.

John Gelmini