The Trussell Trust has launched a political campaign demanding an inquiry into the reasons behind the rising need, allegedly, for food banks.
Just a coincidence that it made its claims just in time for PMQ’s…Ed Miliband even quoting them in one of his questions….it says the figures were released to coincide with World Food Day.
The Trust’s executive chairman is Chris Mould.. a member of the Labour Party.
No doubt he’s happy then that his charity work is advancing the cause as The New Statesman admits:
Food bank figures reinforce Labour’s cost of living offensive
Curiously the New Statesman says this:
Labour has also used the trust’s findings to reaffirm the case for an energy price freeze.
But that was at 08:29…long before Labour could have responded to the press release.
Maybe the New Statesman’s article was written the night before with advance warning.
The Trust claims:
The Trust said that the problem of hunger in the UK is getting worse.
Rising living costs and stagnant wages are forcing more people to live on a “financial knife edge”, it said.
No mention that disposable income has risen…due to the government’s raising of the tax allowance threshold…something the BBC also doesn’t mention despite its enormous impact on income, whilst always mentioning Miliband’s new line of attack on ‘living standards’.
The foodbank is born
Whilst fundraising for Bulgaria in Salisbury in 2000, Paddy received a call from a desperate mother in Salisbury saying “my children are going to bed hungry tonight – what are YOU going to do about it”. Paddy investigated local indices of deprivation and ‘hidden hunger’ in the UK. The shocking results showed that significant numbers of local people faced short term hunger as a result of a sudden crisis. Paddy started Salisbury foodbank in his garden shed and garage, providing three days of emergency food to local people in crisis. In 2004 the UK foodbank network was launched teaching churches and communities nationwide how to start their own foodbank.
Apparently Chris Mould does quite well on charity:
Over the last two years (2011-12) Mould and his wife have received over £150,000 in wages, salaries, emoluments, consultancy fees and rent payments from Trussell Trust.
The rent payments go to Mould’s wife who bills the Trust for office space she leases to it in Salisbury.
Mould has also set up a private company, Chris Mould Limited, through which Trussell Trust has paid him more than £30,000 over the last two years, for “management consultancy” services.
A further sum of £1700 was paid last year to “Chris Mould Support”, “for the support of Chris Mould in support of his role as trustee”
Nearly two thirds (over £600,000) of Trussell’s income is currently being spent on staff wages, etc.
Since the Trussell frontline workers are all unpaid volunteers, that sounds like an awful lot of money on the wages bill.
It’s not clear why but Trussell also holds modest investments in the oil and gas industry, including stock in British Petroleum and Shell Oil.
and if you want to join in and help out by setting up a foodbank it’ll hardly cost you a thing:
Financial cost to church
Churches are expected to make a donation (currently £1500) towards Trussell Trust expenses supporting your project and a small annual donation towards the ongoing costs of the network support. Local project costs vary depending on the need to pay staff (P/T) and rent warehouse, cafe area. Estimated annual costs range from £10k to £18k including the donation above.
Non-Financial Requirements for church
- Small office with IT and telephone
- Food-store/warehouse – year 1 size of single garage
- Cafe area – enough for 3 tables with 4 chairs, and small kitchen/coffee making area.
- Initial team of about 12 volunteers, some with particular skills like fundraising, admin, coordination etc
- As a community project we envisage this being provided by partnering with other local churches so Christians are seen to be working together and no one church has to bear the burden.