Lags in PRISON buy food from their own canteens to donate to foodbanks for struggling Brits

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PRISONERS are spending what little money they have buying food for struggling Brits on Universal Credit.

Despite facing time behind bars, many prisoners have teamed up with staff to buy items to send to those who are struggling with the new welfare system.

 Prisoners are donating food to Brits struggling with Universal Credit

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Prisoners are donating food to Brits struggling with Universal Credit

Andrew Neilson of the Howard League for Penal Reform revealed that it’s not just happening in one area, but several prisons across the country.

He wrote in the i newspaper: “Prisoners bought items from the canteen to be sent outside and staff also donated food as individuals. It was an impressive joint effort, a reminder that not only are prisons communities in themselves but that they remain part of our wider community.

“it was also troubling to see some of the most vulnerable people in society trying to help others, however humble their efforts may have been.”

Waiting weeks for their first Universal Credit payment is pushing many into hardship – and they are being forced to food banks too.

 Brits have been pushed to foodbanks when going onto Universal Credit

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Brits have been pushed to foodbanks when going onto Universal Credit

The news comes after The Sun launched a Make Universal Credit Work campaign last month.

We’re demanding ministers make urgent changes to the system to help with the long waits Brits face to get paid.

We’ve heard heartbreaking tales of Brits waiting weeks for their first payments, and struggling to ever pay their debts back.

Me Neilson predicted that crime will rise if child poverty and hunger continue to rise in Britain – which would put even MORE pressure on Britain’s creaking prison system.

The Sun wants to Make Universal Credit Work

Universal Credit replaces six benefits with a single monthly payment.

One million people are already receiving it and by the time the system is fully rolled out in 2023, nearly 7 million will be on it.

But there are big problems with the flagship new system – it takes 5 weeks to get the first payment and it could leave some families worse off by thousands of pounds a year.

And while working families can claim back up to 85 per cent of their childcare costs, they must find the money to pay for childcare upfront – we’ve heard of families waiting up to 6 months for the money.

Working parents across the country told us they’ve been unable to take on more hours – or have even turned down better paid jobs or more hours because of the amount they get their benefits cut.

It’s time to Make Universal Credit work. We want the government to:

  1. Get paid faster: The government must slash the time Brits wait for their first Universal Credit payments from five to two weeks, helping stop 7 million from being pushed into debt.
  2. Keep more of what you earn: The work allowance should be increased and the taper rate should be slashed from from 63p to 50p, helping at least 4 million families.
  3. Don’t get punished for having a family: Parents should get the 85 per cent of the money they can claim for childcare upfront instead of being paid in arrears.

Together, these changes will help Make Universal Credit Work.

Join our Universal Credit Facebook group or email UniversalCredit@the-sun.co.uk to share your story. 

He added: “In turn, this will only increase the pressure on an already overcrowded and failing prison system.

“There were concerns aired that issues developing in the community meant that children were both more likely to be victimised but also to fall into crime themselves.

“None of this will be solved by prisons. And if action isn’t taken then whole communities, both behind and beyond the bars, will suffer.”

Earlier a headteacher warned that kids were stealing apple cores from bins just to survive while their parents are struggling on Universal Credit.

Universal Credit forcing starving kids to take apple cores out of bins at school, headteacher reveals


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