A Conservative Party candidate caused a stir after suggesting that people who use food banks better manage their budgets.
Darren Henry, who is running as MP for Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire, said those forced to rely on charitable causes should become more financially savvy.
The comments, made during an election campaign in Beeston, come just days after the Tory candidate Sally-Ann Hart was also criticized for saying that some people with learning disabilities “don’t understand money”.
Manage your budget
Mr. Henry told voters on Friday night, “When they go to the food bank, maybe what they struggle with is being able to manage their budget.
“One thing that can help them is how we can offer them advice and support.
“When people are really, really depressed and they don’t have the money, one of the things they can look to do is get a payday loan or something like that.
“If I’m in Parliament, as a private member’s bill, if I ever get a chance, one of the things I would like to do is try to stop the advertising for loans. on payday, because that only makes the problem worse.
“What we need to do is be able to support these people and help them understand budgets and money is a really useful thing and it’s something that we can also bring to schools.”
Broxtowe’s Conservative candidate Darren Henry during an election campaign:
“When people go to the food bank, which maybe they have a hard time managing their budget with… they can get a payday loan or something like that. “
What the fuck !? Blame the poor!pic.twitter.com/MoSOLe5nLO
– Alex Tiffin (@RespectIsVital) December 7, 2019
Record use of food banks
The Trussell Trust, which operates a network of food banks across the UK, said it was preparing for its the busiest December after 823,145 three-day emergency food packages were distributed to six months between April and September 2019.
Last year, 186,185 three-day emergency food packages were provided by the food banks of the association’s network to people in crisis, including 78,536 to children.
This is 44% more than the monthly average for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Britain’s unhealthy dependence on payday loans is still very much present – and it is getting worse.
New data, seen by This is Money, has revealed the full extent of the country’s dependence on payday loans, with UK borrowers racking up astronomically expensive debt topping £ 1 billion last year.
Total payday loans reached a staggering £ 1.2 billion in 2018, according to figures from the Financial Conduct Authority.
The official figures have come to light following a Freedom of Information Act request to the financial watchdog by flexible salary app Wagestream.
CORR: A previous edition of this article suggested that Mr. Henry recommended using payday loans. We have edited this article to better reflect the intent behind what it says.
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