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Food parcels doled out for the jobless in Ipswich

Issue No. 2145

Unemployed workers in Ipswich are being forced to live off food parcels as local services struggle to cope with growing job losses.

Sarah Sanford, secretary of the Ipswich branch of the Unite union, works at the unemployed workers' centre in the town.

She spoke to Socialist Worker at last Saturday's Put People First march. She said, 'I'm a welfare rights worker and I'm seeing a big increase in people seeking help.

'The job centres can't keep up with processing new claims. We're finding that, for anyone with anything slightly out of the ordinary, their claim can take weeks.

'That's why we are dishing out food parcels. Any cash people do have is going on gas and electricity, so there's no money left for food.

'Lots of people losing their jobs have already used up all their credit – so they are often in a desperate situation.'

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Tue 31 Mar 2009, 20:31 BST
Issue No. 2145
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