Could you feed yourself on £10.00 a week?

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And has the 'austerity, no brexit, no the other thing' government of the last 11 years done anything to show this across the world? 'This is what you get in the UK, this is what you get in [france, germany greece, spain. sweden, wherever].

Can't say for the wider world, but certainly not here, in comparison to the rest of Europe we take in a very low number of refugees and asylum seekers

When compared against EU member states, in 2020 the UK ranked 7th in the absolute number of people to whom it gave protection, including resettled refugees​

Dealing first with the regular in-country asylum process, in 2020, Germany granted asylum or another form of protection to around 62,000 people (at initial decision, excluding appeals) – more than any other EU country, and equivalent to 29% of all people offered asylum-related protection in the EU that year (UK excluded). The UK ranked seventh, offering asylum-related protection to around 9,000 people at initial decision (Figure 9).

When adjusting for population size, the UK ranks 19th among the EU, having granted protection in 2020 to 0.1 asylum seekers per 1,000 of its resident population of 67 million.


It's not benefits that pull Asylum Seekers/Migrants/Refugees to the UK, but linguistic ease (English language widespread), Commonwealth & Family connections, Political Stabilty and Rule of law, and ease of business

 
Can't say for the wider world, but certainly not here, in comparison to the rest of Europe we take in a very low number of refugees and asylum seekers




It's not benefits that pull Asylum Seekers/Migrants/Refugees to the UK, but linguistic ease (English language widespread), Commonwealth & Family connections, Political Stabilty and Rule of law, and ease of business

The rest of Europe takes in more refugees than the UK.

The thing is, that a huge proportion of those refugees are only transiting Europe to get to UK.

It's only the Channel that's stopping the flood.
 
And a deliberate 5-6 week delay in payments for new claims.
Just exactly what a person on the brink needs.
Nice one, Duncan & Ian Smith - you've not missed many meals or expenses claims, let alone second house claims, have you?
Frank Field and IDS both tried to reform the system. Neither was prepared to cut payments to those who needed it. Both came up against their respective chancellors. For the IDS system to work it needed adequate funding. It didn't get it, so he resigned. It is George Osborne you can thank for that part of it and Gordon Brown's stewardship of the economy under Blair. Is a bust-up due at the DWP?

Obviously a lot went wrong unfortunately. Field anticipated that.
 
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A tenner a week for food. What a luxurious existence that would be eh!

So then. What’s up? Long day at the office?

Need to distract people into a different mindset away from Christmas parties while people are dying of covid alone with their families unable to get to them.

Change the narrative and all that. Do your bit for the party. A little something you can drop into the conversation that you’ve managed to do when you’re standing around at the local association Christmas do showing that you’re on board with the philosophy.

Blame it all on the oiks. So what, they had a party. What about the fecking sick lame and lazy eh. They’re the real problem!

Oh by the way, any decent PPE contracts this week worth ringing the special number up for?

Christmas party? What Christmas party!
 
You could boil up the old shoes , they are usually "beef" origin.
Absolutely! Soaked in enough BBQ sauce taken for free from McDonalds and cut into strips you have a beef jerky alternative.

The laces slightly unwound are not dissimilar to green beans.

Hats? Lots of people who are bad gamblers regularly eat their hats.

Just hand around those clothes donations bins and supplement your diet with any many of apparel.
 
I get fed up of hearing how important the food banks are for the poor and I call BS on them , Could you feed yourself on £10.00 a week? , I believe its easy with the use of a fridge / freezer and cooker .

I recently bought a 1.5kg joint of pork from Aldi for £4.25 , cut into steaks I could get seven decent sized ones ,okay so you dont want pork every day so mix it up with beef mince at £3.5 kg ,spuds at £0.19 per kg , carrots at £0.30 per kg , chicken at £3.50 kg , porridge oats at £0.80 kg and so on, build up a some herbs and spices and you`d actually live quite healthily.

On benefits you get more than a tenner so if you dont piss it up the wall on fags, ale, mobiles and big TV`s life wouldnt be that bad...... tempting.
Assuming that your food budget is £10, you somehow have money to buy a fridge/freezer and cooker?
That's your premise, so it is reasonable to ask - if you can only afford £10 for food, how you can afford the fridge/freezer your plan depends upon?
If the answer is Hire Purchase, who is giving HP to someone who can only afford £10 a week in food? So are they buying the fridge with a payday loan, etc?
How is the person getting to Aldi? Can they afford a car if they only have £10 a week for food? I know some Aldi which are not served by public transport, so is the hypothetical person instead reliant on buying food at a more convenient (in terms of access) but more expensive shop?
That wider context of your case is important.
I'd amend the criteria - assume no access to a car, assume owning a small fridge only, assume someone has to buy food at the nearest food shop to them. Then buy £10 of food at that shop and let us know how you get on.
 
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A tenner a week for food. What a luxurious existence that would be eh!

So then. What’s up? Long day at the office?

Need to distract people into a different mindset away from Christmas parties while people are dying of covid alone with their families unable to get to them.

Change the narrative and all that. Do your bit for the party. A little something you can drop into the conversation that you’ve managed to do when you’re standing around at the local association Christmas do showing that you’re on board with the philosophy.

Blame it all on the oiks. So what, they had a party. What about the fecking sick lame and lazy eh. They’re the real problem!

Oh by the way, any decent PPE contracts this week worth ringing the special number up for?

Christmas party? What Christmas party!

Everything OK over there in Apoplexia?
 
I get fed up of hearing how important the food banks are for the poor and I call BS on them , Could you feed yourself on £10.00 a week? , I believe its easy with the use of a fridge / freezer and cooker .

I recently bought a 1.5kg joint of pork from Aldi for £4.25 , cut into steaks I could get seven decent sized ones ,okay so you dont want pork every day so mix it up with beef mince at £3.5 kg ,spuds at £0.19 per kg , carrots at £0.30 per kg , chicken at £3.50 kg , porridge oats at £0.80 kg and so on, build up a some herbs and spices and you`d actually live quite healthily.

On benefits you get more than a tenner so if you dont piss it up the wall on fags, ale, mobiles and big TV`s life wouldnt be that bad...... tempting.

Morning @Gone2ratshat,
Piece of piss out here. Could probably do it for less;). I don't have any white goods and only a two ring calor gas cooker which only one ring works:)
 
I think there are two statements from the OP.

1. Food Banks are BS
2. He/she can feed themselves on £10 a week.

I would think anyone who thinks charity is BS, is very un-British. We have had food banks in one shape or form in the UK for hundreds of years. Mostly run my communities or the church.

The aim of a modern day food bank is to provide food, quickly and efficiently to a person who needs it. Avoiding all the form filling and read tape you find in the benefits system.
They are a short term solution to an emergency. From memory, most people use them for 2-3 weeks.

Secondly, feeding yourself on a tenner a week. As stated in this thread already, it all depends on your situation.
If you have access to a fully kitted out kitchen as opposed to a bedsit and microwave, you will have more options on how to cook the food.
 
I recall that documentary from the early 80's, he accepted a challenge to live on the then unemployment allowance for a week. By the end of the week he was no longer the right winger of his youth (or even the previous week) and thereafter did campaign for social justice and vote against his government. IIRC Maggie gave him pelters and he stood his ground; you could live, but it would be grim, marriage would be difficult and kids very difficult. He ran out of money before the end of the week and confessed that it was no life that he could cope with.

However the cameras followed him as he talked to a wide variety of people (clubs, pubs, shops) who knew exactly who he was, it was not like the secret boss, he made no attempt to hide his identity and was quite open as to what he was attempting to do.

His conversion was as dramatic as Brian Moore becoming a balanced, impartial, respected rugby commentator.

I've had great respect for him ever since, he really did put his foot where his mouth was, and unlike Boris he apologised for his previous opinions that had been proven wrong.

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He tried again in 2004 and made the end of the week including some savings, however by then the same area was run down and antidepressant drugs were a major issue.


The problem with these type of shows is that it makes people think the purpose of unemployment allowance should be to provide you with a decent standard of living for as long as you like.
The idea is to give you a bit of help, very temporarily.

As this is a vaguely themed military site a question would be where were all these hard done by unemployed for the majority of the last 30 years when recruiting was so shit?
 
I would think anyone who thinks charity is BS, is very un-British.

He didnt say all charities.
Quite a few charities exist with the primary aim of sustaining themselves, thats why there are 160k of them.
To right they should be questioned if it appears that they are taking the piss.
 
He didnt say all charities.
Quite a few charities exist with the primary aim of sustaining themselves, thats why there are 160k of them.
To right they should be questioned if it appears that they are taking the piss.

Yes, he said Food Banks, I said charities.

Food banks are charities after all and probably far more effective than some of the more self serving charities you mention.
 
The problem with these type of shows is that it makes people think the purpose of unemployment allowance should be to provide you with a decent standard of living for as long as you like.
The idea is to give you a bit of help, very temporarily.

As this is a vaguely themed military site a question would be where were all these hard done by unemployed for the majority of the last 30 years when recruiting was so shit?
I don’t think the military is a safety net of the terminally unemployed (with respect @Ritch I am taking this thread as those who choose benefits as the solution to working, not those who benefits are meant for).

There are plenty of things that could be done by the able unemployed, conscription, I would rather not be one.

Recycling, litter collection, street cleaning, farming, blood donation, pedaling dynamo’s to generate electricity, sewing for homeless, charity…..
 
Yes, he said Food Banks, I said charities.

Food banks are charities after all and probably far more effective than some of the more self serving charities you mention.

Some of these food banks are existing to give themselves work. A few years ago on this site, I pointed out that soldiers were using them.


All soldiers get paid enough to not need foodbanks, but if its free...
 

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As this is a vaguely themed military site a question would be where were all these hard done by unemployed for the majority of the last 30 years when recruiting was so shit?
Probably doing time for burglary, shop lifting and drug dealing thus exempting them from joining.
 
Some of these food banks are existing to give themselves work. A few years ago on this site, I pointed out that soldiers were using them.


All soldiers get paid enough to not need foodbanks, but if its free...

Not like you to be so judgemental on fcek all facts.
 
Matthew Parris did a TV programme a while ago where he lived on JSA for a week. He just managed to squeeze a week's living out of it and said that it was possible.

What he didn't mention was that he hadn't had to buy a new pair of shoes or have the boiler mended or any of the other things that happen that you can't plan for.
Surely if cash got tight the fragment mr parris could just charge for his cottaging services instead of his usual freebies.
alledgedly.!
 

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