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Dear Sir


The report about Winchester Basics Bank is timely. Winchester Labour Party members were so appalled and disgusted by the appearance of Steve Brine MP opening yet another local outlet for a seasonal photo opportunity, they donated essential food to the value of £200 just before Christmas. Through our members, it is our collective intention to continue regular donations, especially as the increasingly unacceptable national figures about food poverty are a disgrace to the nation.

The basics bank in Winchester has 3098 clients referred by 160 agents from 70 agencies. Up to February, they had supplied 14112 days of food to 637 local families. 439 people received clothes. The national picture continues to get worse, exacerbated by the draconian punishment of the Tory government through the implementation of Universal Credit. This has created even deeper hardship because of the original six weeks wait for assistance, subsequently reduced to four weeks. During six months in 2017, the Trussell Trust provided 587,000 three-day emergency supplies, up by 60,000 on the previous year. Of these, 209,000 were specifically for children.

In your Business News 22.03.18, you report on the MP addressing the Chamber of Commerce at a breakfast meeting. Mr Brine continues to display a perpetual complacency about the state of his constituents, often ignoring the plight of those far less fortunate than himself. At the time of day when hundreds of children in Hampshire will have gone to school without having had any breakfast, he relishes a photo opportunity to lecture others about the wonders of this government. The figures he quoted are misleading. Most people who are unemployed cannot find work that takes them out of the poverty threshold. Many of the deprived in deep food poverty are on zero hours contracts with no minimum guarantee of work to cover their basic needs, the working poor. They are forced to use Winchester Basics Bank to survive, excluding their opportunity for an expensive breakfast at an equally expensive Winchester hotel. Another disastrous photo opportunity, will he ever really understand poverty?


Yours sincerely, 

Peter Rees


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