Soaring demand outstripping donations to Keighley foodbank

Councillor Jan Smithies outside the Keighley Salvation Army food bank (8384353)

Councillor Jan Smithies outside the Keighley Salvation Army food bank (8384349)

Councillor Jan Smithies outside the Keighley Salvation Army food bank (8384342)

Councillor Jan Smithies outside the Keighley Salvation Army food bank (8384332)

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SOARING demand is outstripping donations to a Keighley foodbank, it has been revealed.

Shocked Keighley West councillor Jan Smithies was told of the dire situation during a visit to Keighley Salvation Army.

She has praised the work being carried out by the charity, but is concerned about the foodbank's capacity to cope with rising numbers in the future.

Coun Smithies said: "This year the foodbank has spent £21,000 in addition to all the food donations it receives to meet the ever-growing demand for its services.

"This is £5,000 more than the cash donations that came in.

"The gap has been filled by an underspend from the previous year, but demand is outstripping food and cash donations."

She says many foodbank users come forward for help due to delays in receiving benefits.

"One single parent had to change benefits due to her daughter turning five and a month on she was still without funds as the payments had not yet been processed – although her previous benefit had immediately ceased on her child’s birthday,” said Coun Smithies.

She said another concern was that the foodbank, at the High Street church, would have to shut throughout next month as many volunteers would be away.

"Around 120 Keighley families and single people are going to be missing their regular two meals a week and food parcels plus all the other emergency help the Salvation Army gives to them," said Coun Smithies.

"Agencies are being alerted but I am very concerned that some people will experience serious hardship. Schools will also be closed so families with children will not be getting their meals that way. For many families struggling on low incomes, breakfast clubs and school lunches make the difference in being able to stretch the family budget each week.”

Coun Smithies said she planned a return visit to the Salvation Army, with Keighley's Labour prospective parliamentary candidate John Grogan, to see what support could be offered.

“Although users of the foodbank come from all over Keighley and surrounding villages the highest usage is from residents in my ward," she added.

"As such I want to do what I can to help this vital – predominantly voluntary – service cope with meeting ever-increasing need in the short term whilst also highlighting the impact of benefit delays, harsh sanctions and low wages on many of the residents through my political lobbying role."

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9:18am Thu 24 Jul 14

G_Firth says...

Very strange that I've been saying this for over two years now and very little get reported about it but with next years election coming up Labour are making a point of pushing out their Keighley West councilors to the fore early since they lost a seat in the May elections.
Food banks are nothing more than a modern day soup kitchen.
The plight of many in Keighley is the result of BDMC's lack of involvement to push for Keighley to reinvent itself from an industrial town to a tourism hub and technology zone, which would create the much need jobs the town needs.
Not many know this but Keighley is classed as a deprived area and thus BDMC actually gets extra cash from central government that is meant to be spent on the area but has been redirected into its own coffers.
BDMC needs to stop looking at food banks as a means to help people.
Its jobs they need and loads of them, its killing the bedroom tax and council tax 25% those on benefit have to pay. its killing of doorstep lenders and payday loan companies with more credit unions in town centers and not just in the odd here and there place.
I'm not for one second disputing Cllr Smithies does quite a bit for her ward but you have to ask the question of why on earth have the Labour councilors over the years let BDMC cause the ever increasing decline of Keighley and why they are not breaking their backs to get Keighley back to being prosperous.
Very strange that I've been saying this for over two years now and very little get reported about it but with next years election coming up Labour are making a point of pushing out their Keighley West councilors to the fore early since they lost a seat in the May elections. Food banks are nothing more than a modern day soup kitchen. The plight of many in Keighley is the result of BDMC's lack of involvement to push for Keighley to reinvent itself from an industrial town to a tourism hub and technology zone, which would create the much need jobs the town needs. Not many know this but Keighley is classed as a deprived area and thus BDMC actually gets extra cash from central government that is meant to be spent on the area but has been redirected into its own coffers. BDMC needs to stop looking at food banks as a means to help people. Its jobs they need and loads of them, its killing the bedroom tax and council tax 25% those on benefit have to pay. its killing of doorstep lenders and payday loan companies with more credit unions in town centers and not just in the odd here and there place. I'm not for one second disputing Cllr Smithies does quite a bit for her ward but you have to ask the question of why on earth have the Labour councilors over the years let BDMC cause the ever increasing decline of Keighley and why they are not breaking their backs to get Keighley back to being prosperous. G_Firth
  • Score: 4

12:37pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Mixter says...

If Cinderella (BMDC) cant go the the Ball, its going to be a long day till she buys the frock, pays for the taxi and gives spending money to her little sister (Keighley) to go instead.

Keighley needs out of BMDC - and bloody quick!
If Cinderella (BMDC) cant go the the Ball, its going to be a long day till she buys the frock, pays for the taxi and gives spending money to her little sister (Keighley) to go instead. Keighley needs out of BMDC - and bloody quick! Mixter
  • Score: 3

3:38pm Thu 24 Jul 14

albioff says...

no doubt the devil worshipers at the dwp in the area will think its all good fun.
no doubt the devil worshipers at the dwp in the area will think its all good fun. albioff
  • Score: -3

6:55pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Mik_e says...

How many genuine cases use the facility, compared to those who choose to spend their money & abuse alcohol and drugs?
How many genuine cases use the facility, compared to those who choose to spend their money & abuse alcohol and drugs? Mik_e
  • Score: 7

7:13pm Thu 24 Jul 14

albioff says...

Mik_e wrote:
How many genuine cases use the facility, compared to those who choose to spend their money & abuse alcohol and drugs?
you have to be receiving no money to access them, the majority are either still waiting for benefits to commence or have been sanctioned for some ridiculous reason.
[quote][p][bold]Mik_e[/bold] wrote: How many genuine cases use the facility, compared to those who choose to spend their money & abuse alcohol and drugs?[/p][/quote]you have to be receiving no money to access them, the majority are either still waiting for benefits to commence or have been sanctioned for some ridiculous reason. albioff
  • Score: 0

9:22pm Thu 24 Jul 14

jimmy k says...

albioff wrote:
Mik_e wrote:
How many genuine cases use the facility, compared to those who choose to spend their money & abuse alcohol and drugs?
you have to be receiving no money to access them, the majority are either still waiting for benefits to commence or have been sanctioned for some ridiculous reason.
what like not turning up for job interviews when on job seekers allowance?
[quote][p][bold]albioff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mik_e[/bold] wrote: How many genuine cases use the facility, compared to those who choose to spend their money & abuse alcohol and drugs?[/p][/quote]you have to be receiving no money to access them, the majority are either still waiting for benefits to commence or have been sanctioned for some ridiculous reason.[/p][/quote]what like not turning up for job interviews when on job seekers allowance? jimmy k
  • Score: 4

10:23pm Thu 24 Jul 14

albioff says...

what about the large number of claimants deliberatly given two appointments on the same day which conflict, whichever they attend they get sanctioned for not attending the other, all done to meet hush hush targets to save money, this is known from insiders in the dwp.

also if you wait months for a hospital appointment and then it conflicts with one of theirs, they will not yield and wil lsanction you for attending the hospital, again a verified insider fact.
what about the large number of claimants deliberatly given two appointments on the same day which conflict, whichever they attend they get sanctioned for not attending the other, all done to meet hush hush targets to save money, this is known from insiders in the dwp. also if you wait months for a hospital appointment and then it conflicts with one of theirs, they will not yield and wil lsanction you for attending the hospital, again a verified insider fact. albioff
  • Score: -3

10:35am Fri 25 Jul 14

DeskJockey says...

The current environment is certainly a hostile one for the unemployed; difficult to understand that some people have so little sympathy for the plight of starving families in 21st century Britain.
That said, Albioff's comments are at best misguided and at worst untruthful - I suggest Albioff finds a more reliable "DWP" source.
The current environment is certainly a hostile one for the unemployed; difficult to understand that some people have so little sympathy for the plight of starving families in 21st century Britain. That said, Albioff's comments are at best misguided and at worst untruthful - I suggest Albioff finds a more reliable "DWP" source. DeskJockey
  • Score: 4

12:48pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Behind_the_8-Ball says...

albioff wrote:
what about the large number of claimants deliberatly given two appointments on the same day which conflict, whichever they attend they get sanctioned for not attending the other, all done to meet hush hush targets to save money, this is known from insiders in the dwp.

also if you wait months for a hospital appointment and then it conflicts with one of theirs, they will not yield and wil lsanction you for attending the hospital, again a verified insider fact.
Verified as in documented? Or Verified as in "This bloke down the pub reckons....."?
[quote][p][bold]albioff[/bold] wrote: what about the large number of claimants deliberatly given two appointments on the same day which conflict, whichever they attend they get sanctioned for not attending the other, all done to meet hush hush targets to save money, this is known from insiders in the dwp. also if you wait months for a hospital appointment and then it conflicts with one of theirs, they will not yield and wil lsanction you for attending the hospital, again a verified insider fact.[/p][/quote]Verified as in documented? Or Verified as in "This bloke down the pub reckons....."? Behind_the_8-Ball
  • Score: 2

5:25pm Fri 25 Jul 14

albioff says...

Behind_the_8-Ball wrote:
albioff wrote:
what about the large number of claimants deliberatly given two appointments on the same day which conflict, whichever they attend they get sanctioned for not attending the other, all done to meet hush hush targets to save money, this is known from insiders in the dwp.

also if you wait months for a hospital appointment and then it conflicts with one of theirs, they will not yield and wil lsanction you for attending the hospital, again a verified insider fact.
Verified as in documented? Or Verified as in "This bloke down the pub reckons....."?
as in employees from the dwp.
[quote][p][bold]Behind_the_8-Ball[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]albioff[/bold] wrote: what about the large number of claimants deliberatly given two appointments on the same day which conflict, whichever they attend they get sanctioned for not attending the other, all done to meet hush hush targets to save money, this is known from insiders in the dwp. also if you wait months for a hospital appointment and then it conflicts with one of theirs, they will not yield and wil lsanction you for attending the hospital, again a verified insider fact.[/p][/quote]Verified as in documented? Or Verified as in "This bloke down the pub reckons....."?[/p][/quote]as in employees from the dwp. albioff
  • Score: -1

8:52pm Fri 25 Jul 14

jimmy k says...

albioff wrote:
Behind_the_8-Ball wrote:
albioff wrote:
what about the large number of claimants deliberatly given two appointments on the same day which conflict, whichever they attend they get sanctioned for not attending the other, all done to meet hush hush targets to save money, this is known from insiders in the dwp.

also if you wait months for a hospital appointment and then it conflicts with one of theirs, they will not yield and wil lsanction you for attending the hospital, again a verified insider fact.
Verified as in documented? Or Verified as in "This bloke down the pub reckons....."?
as in employees from the dwp.
so it;'s the latter then
[quote][p][bold]albioff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Behind_the_8-Ball[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]albioff[/bold] wrote: what about the large number of claimants deliberatly given two appointments on the same day which conflict, whichever they attend they get sanctioned for not attending the other, all done to meet hush hush targets to save money, this is known from insiders in the dwp. also if you wait months for a hospital appointment and then it conflicts with one of theirs, they will not yield and wil lsanction you for attending the hospital, again a verified insider fact.[/p][/quote]Verified as in documented? Or Verified as in "This bloke down the pub reckons....."?[/p][/quote]as in employees from the dwp.[/p][/quote]so it;'s the latter then jimmy k
  • Score: 0

10:05pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Kingchaser says...

Is this a story?

There are more people who demand free food than those willing to donate free food. Always will be.
Is this a story? There are more people who demand free food than those willing to donate free food. Always will be. Kingchaser
  • Score: -3

10:03am Mon 28 Jul 14

MarkPullen says...

G-Firth wrote "Very strange that I've been saying this for over two years now and very little get reported about it but with next years election coming up Labour are making a point of pushing out their Keighley West councilors to the fore early since they lost a seat in the May elections."

Maybe you need to consider whether your press releases are interesting enough to be converted to a story or just another of your establishment bashing rants?
G-Firth wrote "Very strange that I've been saying this for over two years now and very little get reported about it but with next years election coming up Labour are making a point of pushing out their Keighley West councilors to the fore early since they lost a seat in the May elections." Maybe you need to consider whether your press releases are interesting enough to be converted to a story or just another of your establishment bashing rants? MarkPullen
  • Score: 0

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