Over Christmas three homeless people died in Home secretary Amber Rudd’s parliamentary seat, Hastings corner confirmed today.

When Amber Rudd was asked by local paper The Hastings observer to comment on the deaths on the streets of her constituency. The government minister replied:”It is a tragedy when someone dies on the streets and this Government is taking action to make life on the streets a thing of the past.

For the UK as a whole, the Government is committed to halving rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminating it altogether by 2027.

So the growing homeless population of Hastings and Rye must wait another nine years before they can be sure of a roof over their heads.

How the government hope to even achieve this goal is beyond me.

130,000 children woke up homeless this Christmas as child homelessness reaches 10-year high.

The number of rough sleepers is up by 134% since the Tories came to power.

The number of homeless in the UK is only set to dramatically increase.

Analysis by Heriot-Watt University for Crisis has found that the number of homeless people in Britain will reach 575,000 in 2041, up from 236,000 in 2016. The number of people sleeping rough will more than quadruple from 9,100 in 2016 to 40,100 over the same period, the research found.

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On Saturday 22nd October Hastings Supports Refugees are holding a food donation day in support of refugees in Calais and the local Hastings Food Bank. A tiny neo-Nazi group from Portsmouth called South Coast Resistance (also known as “Pie and Mash”) have said they are coming to Hastings on that day to demonstrate against refugees.

Hastings is in the parliamentary seat of Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who has been caught up in a backlash against her, after she announced, at the Conservative party conference, that all businesses in the UK would have make a list of all foreign employees. Amber Rudd has now backtracked on the idea, after it was compared to Nazi party policies.

This is why Saturday has become such a symbolic day for many, to show they reject the politics of hate and this is not how we want Post-Brexit Britain to be.

Local group Hastings Solidarity and Hastings Momentum have put a URGENT CALL-OUT.

Hastings solidarity statement said: ‘Come down to Hastings town centre near Debenhams this Saturday to show the world what solidarity looks like. 

Please share this call out as widely as possible – bring friends, family, comrades, neighbours, workmates. We need to have as many people out as possible.

Join us in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who come here from across the sea as refugees fleeing war and terror – and with our friends and family here in our community who are suffering the effects of the government’s class war austerity measures, declining wages and homelessness. 

Bring flags, banners, signs and food to donate. Come and stand with us and show some Hastings hospitality!

There is a role for everyone on Saturday – whether you’re happy to wave a sign or help with the donations, hand out leaflets and talk to passers-by, or get involved in physically defending our town from Fascists. Please be there.’

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Today’s headlines are truly shocking.

BUT fail to reveal the whole story of use in food banks in the UK, in the last year.

‘More than a million people have used food banks in past year’ – The Guardian

‘Food banks: over one million people seek emergency help’ – Channel 4

‘PM defends poverty record as one million use food banks’ – ITV news

‘Record one million using foodbanks’ – Daily Mail

The true figure for the number of food parcels given out by food banks across this country in the last 12 months, on a conservative estimation, could be over 2 Million.


Todays data is based on figures released by the Trussell Trust, the country’s largest provider of food banks, but theTrussell Trust represents only 45% of all food banks in the UK.

So it is logical that the figure of one million can be doubled and might be even higher than two million because food is also given out by soup kitchens and ‘meals on wheels’.

Trussell Trust UK food bank director Adrian Curtis said: ” It’s difficult to be sure of the full extent of the problem as Trussell Trust figures don’t include people who are helped by other food charities or those who feel too ashamed to seek help.”

Hannah Lambie-Mumford, a research fellow at the University of Sheffield and a food bank specialist, said: “As data is not collected on the numbers of people experiencing food poverty, it is impossible for us to draw any conclusions about wider experiences from these statistics; that said, they are very likely to represent just the tip of the iceberg – with many more people experiencing food poverty than reflected in these figures.”

The use of food banks in the UK is a sad and tragic indictment on the record of the Conservative led Coalition’s five years in power and how their policies have effected the poorest in socierty.

Using the data from the Trussell Trust, you can see the changes that have happened over the last five years.

🔴 In 2009 Trussell only had  56 food banks in 2009 to 445 food banks in 2014.

🔴 The Trust served 29 UK local authorities in 2009 but that number increased to 251 by 2013.

🔴 In 2009  Trussell helped 41,000 people, now it is helping nearly 1.1 million. A 19% year-on-year increase.


The Conservatives claim that the main reason for the spike in use of food banks is down to people being more informed that they exicist.

George Osborne said: “I think one of the reasons that there has been increased use of food banks is because people have been made aware of the food bank service through local jobcentres.”

The Trussell Trust say that people referred to food banks by Jobcentres are only a small percentage of total referrals. 

Todays figures from the Trust show:

🔴 44%, of food bank referrals last year  were triggered by people pitched into crisis because their benefit payments had been delayed, or stopped altogether as a result of the strict jobcentre sanctions regime.

🔴More than a fifth, 22%, of food bank users were referred because of low income – meaning they were unable to afford food due to a relatively small financial crisis such as a boiler breaking down or having to buy a school uniform.
This group includes people in low-paid, zero-hours or part-time work who were forced to turn to food banks.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This should make all of us ashamed, particularly those who claim we have a strong economy and everyone is sharing in the recovery.

“It tells us that the Government has done grave damage to the welfare safety net. Of course we should deal with those who abuse it, but vicious sanctions and benefit cuts – even for those who paid in all their working lives – are destroying the support any of us might need if we lose our job or have an accident.”

Unite general secretary Len McClusky said: “The UK is the sixth richest country on the planet so something has gone grotesquely wrong when so many people, in and out of work, have to turn to charity to feed their children.

” It is no longer enough to say that we need to make hunger history – we need to make the government that supercharged this need history once and for all.”

Dr John Middleton, vice president of charity the Faculty of Public Health said: “The rising number of families and individuals who cannot afford to buy sufficient food is a public health issue that we must not ignore.

“For many people, it is not a question of eating well and eating healthily, it is a question of not being able to afford to eat at all. UK poverty is already creating massive health issues for people today, and if we do not tackle the root causes of food poverty now we will see it affecting future generations too.”

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