Wednesday, February 14, 2018

National's legacy

The Salvation Army released its annual State of the Nation report today, revealing the mess National has left us in:

The number of food parcels being handed out at the Salvation Army's foodbanks has jumped 12 percent in the last year, according to the organisation's latest State of the Nation report.

Between 2011 and 2016, the Salvation Army was handing out about 56,000 food parcels a year.

Last year, that number jumped to 63,000 - helping almost 32,000 families - and the report's author, Alan Johnson, said they were not exactly sure what's behind the increased demand.

The report attributes this to National's housing crisis. While MSD has become more generous with emergency assistance, its not enough to offset the squeeze on renters (and MSD are vicious arseholes which discourages people from seeking or receiving the help they are entitled to).

This is National's legacy - mass poverty and inequality. And no doubt they'll spend the next three years pretending to care about it and complaining that Labour hasn't fixed in five minutes a problem that it took them nine long years to create and exacerbate.