Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Southwark Council top 40 staff earn over £100,000 a year.

This is my live TV News interview responding to the fact , Council top workers are earning over £100,000 a year for cuts and austerity..Its not on.

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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Bakerloo Line extension and impact on New cross and Deptford , #Lewisham

Bakerloo line extension and its impact on jobs in New Cross and #Deptford
I have just attended Transport For London consultation on the tube line extension and slightly agog i seem to be the only one that has noticed the plans for a new, New Cross Gate station , that will lead to the demolition of all shops on the commercial site including Sainsburys, and more importantly the loss of hundreds of jobs that many local young people and woman with children , depends upon in part due to the flexible working hours, therefore the loss of these jobs would be devasting to local families in the area and off course the substantial loss of business rates these commercial units presently pay.
Many of you maybe aware of the location will note on the right of the station is a substantial land area which in my view would work better as a station site as would improve disability access and would be far better for families with buggies etc..the other real area of concern will be the loss of yet another petrol station, in the real world most people at some point need transport other than a bike and with the petrol station going on Evelyn street as part of the wider Timberyard development , The deadline to express your concern is this coming 21 April .

email post Freepost ( no stamp needed ) TFL Consultations
or call them on 0343 222 1155 .
I will be raising this at the next Lewisham People Before Profit meeting to get as much all party support as possible.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

My Criminalisation of the Hungry campaign gets a lift in The Canary

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed that police prosecuted more than 2,800 people for stealing food in London alone. But these hungry people weren’t shoplifters. Most were branded criminals for taking waste food from supermarket bins.

Criminalising hunger

Campaigner and author Ray Woolford asked for an FOI from the Metropolitan Police. It showed that the police gave 2,823 people “a charge or summons where food property was stolen”. Penalties range from jailing people for up to two weeks to a £150 fine. And some London boroughs appear to treat hungry people more criminally than others.
Hounslow charged the most people, with 147 individuals prosecuted. Barking and Dagenham, Bromley, Croydon, Ealing, Islington and Lambeth all criminalised over 100 people for food theft, while Kingston Upon Thames had the fewest at 36.
Woolford believes that police charged many of these people for taking waste food from supermarket bins. He told The Canary:
It costs supermarkets a fortune to store and transport food to landfill. That then costs a further £40 a tonne to dump. In 2017, we must have a better system in place about dealing and addressing the scandals of waste food. Is it civilised to be jailing and criminalising the hungry, many of whom may be homeless or have had their benefits sanctioned?

Waste food

Supermarkets throw away over 300,000 tonnes of food each year. But families add seven million tonnes to that figure. Meaning, on average, each family chucks out £450 of food each year. Meanwhile, over half a million people are reliant on just one food bank charity, the Trussell Trust. So the actual number of people having to get emergency food supplies each year is probably much higher. And London’s homeless population has more than doubled since 2010.

Tory Britain

Woolford said:
Can we in the present economic climate afford to drag these people though the expensive court and legal system? And then [lock] them up in our over crowded jails? While fining them £150 which, if they had had in [the] first place, [they] would have no need to root through dustbins to eat… Who’s the criminal here? Under the Tories we have been taken back to the 1930s.
The figures for food theft are just for London. Which means there could be a larger problem across the country.
This year, the government will have found money to save corporations £9bn in tax. Yet they are unable to find the money to help people struggling to eat. Something is very, very wrong in the UK.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Prison Population growth on back of Hungry stealing 2 eat.

My campaign to stop criminalisation against the hungry gets the support of my local press.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

"Poverty's the illness no-one wants to talk about"

This a short cut of my Interview.. Please support my work by buying my book Food Bank Britain.. on sale from all book sellers on and off line

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Ray Woolford Author "Food Bank Britain's "campaign to end #criminalisationhungry

2,800 people charged with stealing food in London as food bank expert warns 'hungry people are criminalised' 


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The Evening Standard

Thousands of people were charged with stealing food in London last year in what a food bank expert has warned is a “criminalisation of the hungry”.
Hounslow was the London borough with the highest number of people charged with stealing food in 2016, figures from the Met Police show.
The borough was closely followed by Camden, Tower Hamlets, Brent, Southwark and Greenwich - all which saw high numbers of people charged with food theft.
Ray Woolford, who founded the first food bank in Lewisham and has since written the book Food Bank Britain, said many of those who have been criminalised for stealing food only did so in order to survive.
“The cost of jailing people and putting them through the courts is incredible,” he told the Standard. “These are people who instead should be helped."
Mr Woolford, who lives in south London, added that many of the people charged had been caught rooting through supermarket bins.
“I was hearing more and more stories of people being arrested," he said. 
A Trussell Trust food bank in St Paul's Church in Brixton in 2012. (Getty Images)
“What I found was this was not just people going into supermarkets and stealing food off the shelves, these were people who were taking out-of-date food from the supermarket bins. 
“Food that the supermarkets would have to pay to take from the supermarket to the waste site. 
“It makes no economic sense at all to prosecute these people.”
He added: “I still feel it is shameful we still haven’t tackled food waste.
“We need a bigger debate about what we can do with waste food.
“We are creating a society where people are throwing food into the bin and people being obsessed about people taking it, it’s crazy.”
147 people were charged with stealing food in Hounslow last year – the highest in any borough in London.
Barking and Dagenham, Bromley, Croydon, Ealing, Islington and Lambeth all had more than 100 cases of people criminalised for food theft, while Kingston Upon Thames had the fewest at 36. 
The figures, which come from a Freedom of Information request, show the total across London was 2,823. 



1 day ago
Some people need to sort out their morals here; we are getting into the realm of Liverpudlian energy theft, which they typically justify as some kind of political protest. I've every sympathy with people on the breadline who need food banks to help them, but zero sympathy with thieving scum who expect the rest of us to pay for them and pay for their unlimited children 
1 day ago
So that is 2823 people out of a total population of 8600000.
How many people were charged with stealing clothing?

1 day ago
tiny% but enough for the tories to demonise al londoners