Born in Wisbech, I have with sadness noticed the general decline of the town over the last 10 to 15 years also the attitude from people of ‘I want it, I am entitled to it and I am going to have it’ and now according to a recent Citizen front page, Fenland is in crisis.
Why? Because there are more people using food banks. Could this have anything to do with the fact that word has got round and that priorities are not in order as well as the cutbacks in benefits?
The economics of our country need correcting and the government is trying to change this by reviewing situations where people who, although capable of working, have been able to claim benefits and get along thinking they have no responsibilities or commitments. I wonder if there are many over 60s born and bred in Wisbech visiting the food banks? I doubt it because we remember how to cut our cloth and prioritise.
I, at times, along with lots of people in my situation, will find this difficult as my pension works out at less than the minimum wage. I am not saying we need to return to the old days or that there are not genuine hardship cases of people who have done their utmost over the years to manage and now find themselves in a dire situation. This being the case, I would willingly contribute if I could, But I need to know a bit more about the food bank criteria before donating on my shopping trips.
Editor’s note: People are referred to the food banks by official bodies such doctors, Citizens Advice, schools, the Job Centre etc on a need basis. They are given vouchers and can only use the food bank three times.