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  1. Well good old Gordon Brown or was it Laudy Fraudy in the New Labour govt who tried to stop the DWP from issuing these because the DWP always gets things right as they stated in a Parliamentary question response. Uproar followed by a U-Turn occurs rather quickly iirc! Well after the DWP quietly stopped collecting statistics on their food bank referrals.... just like all that other data they claimed they didn't collect but was released after massive fight even ignoring the Information Commissioners Rulings. They've actually gone and done it! Stopped all referrals to food banks...
  2. An assessor came to price up damage to our house which was covered by insurance, they listed the work that would need carrying out and informed us that during the works food allowance would be £10 oer day per person. The work was pretty extensive and left us without electricity through a large part of the house including lighting. The ceilings of the effected areas had asbestos in so we had to stay in alternative accomodation for a few days while this was removed. We then returned during the very cold snap and the house was extremely cold due to the heat going straight into the loft space
  3. Hi Elderly relative slipped on food produce on supermarket floor. Very bad fall. Immediately other customers came to help and they called over a store assistant to assist. This assistant then put up one of the yellow "danger slippery surface" signs. Relative had the presence of mind to use telephone to photograph what slipped on and the injury. After a while relative managed to get up/ drive home and then go to the doctor. Its a rural quite old-fashioned GP and they told relative to come back if injury gets worse (ie they were very busy and kind of couldn't deal with
  4. Hi all, A 78 year old good friend was due to fly back home to Austin, Texas, via Houston on Wednesday. Singapore airlines would take him to Houston and then United were due to take him to Austin. His flight were cancelled so I contacted Singapore and they agreed to pay for BA flights tomorrow from Manchester to London and then on to Austin, which is great. However, they have refused to reimburse him for his accommodation and food costs. Is this correct, please?
  5. Hello, At the beginning of the month I was happily munching my way through a tasty packet of crisps when I bit into a small stone. I emailed the manufacturer the same day with photographs. No reply; not even an acknowledgement. I forwarded the email to the shop and, after chasing them, they asked for more details, which I provided. They passed them on to the manufacturer, who asked me to send them the stone. I've refused but have contacted the food safety team at the council in which the crisp manufacturer is based. I made an appointment with the dentist the day after it h
  6. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/03/petrol-food-prices-uk-rising-2017 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/01/10/food-prices-rise-inflation-returns-supermarkets/
  7. Hi - i wonder if anyone can help. My parents are on holiday in Majorca on a Thomson holiday (I am back in UK) My mum has become very ill, vomiting 6 times overnight and bedridden and unable to get up. My stepdad let me know. So far, I have called the helpline and they got in contact and a doctor came - charged €180 and said he suspected gastroenteritis. She has some medication and some isotonic water. It is only 2 days into a 1 week holiday. Has anyone been in a similar situation, especially with a view to: 1. making sure she gets the right treatment 2. pos
  8. A mother, furious at waiting more than 48 hours for her online shopping, stormed into her local Asda and took it from the shelves herself. Danni Leadbeater, 30, ordered a £50 shop from the supermarket for herself and her two young children last week. However, it failed to turn up twice after her order was cancelled by the store and then re-booked. And after waiting more than two days, and being charged twice for it, she took matters into her own hands. She went into the Eastlands superstore, opposite Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium and began taking the items from the shelv
  9. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31464897 I like most always knew that the man was a fool but this as well as showing everyone just how much of an idiot he is, this is asking for trouble, as forcing anyone to have treatment would surely infringe their human rights, as would be denying them benefits on those grounds, not to mention he has clearly forgotten that our broken NHS cannot cope as things are now without adding more pressure, He and his cronies really have no clue, They have obviously lost some of the grey matter they where born with ,(assuming that they had sufficient to begin
  10. Sounds like she's buying lunch, maybe, maybe not. Another brainless statement. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2865301/Food-banks-rise-poor-people-don-t-know-cook-claims-Tory-peer-Baroness-Jenkin.html
  11. http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/darlington/11552200.Sanctioned_man_who_stole_to_eat_is_jailed/
  12. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29047911 Very worrying !!
  13. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-27639185 What is this I can't even...
  14. I'm watching an old episode of Superscrimpers, and a family are having an 'intervention' and challenge due to their excessive food bill. A couple with 3 children, they spend £382 a week in total on food - £240 a week in supermarkets, and the rest on takeouts and a meal out every week. I was stunned as I had been thinking our food bill was big - I have to eat very cleanly (of a limited diet), so we cook from scratch every day, and I have to eat plenty of quality meat, - as a couple our spend is between £80 to £100 a week (no takeouts, been a long while since we had a meal out), which
  15. Hi! My first time at this! Is anyone else like me and wonder why Tescos does so well? I go in there and all the drinks seem to be sugary rubbish. Most of the meat seems to be very processed , poor ham and beef etc. If you are trying to find healthy foods: salmon salads, V8 type drinks, unprocessed meat or let alone fresh fish. I suspect people have got so used to frozen fish or fish treated with bleaches etc they no longer know what the real thing is. Admittedly Waitrose and M&S are expensive alternatives and not perfect but surely people value what they are putting i
  16. I've had no scope for growing my own food beyond what will flourish on a window sill for a long time. I got onto the council waiting list for a Plot with the foreboding warning it might take as long as 15 years to get to the top! As it turned out it was less than 2 in the end. Annual charges are under 30 quid - I can spend that much in one visit to the Co-op without much trouble! I have forked out (pardon the pun) for some tools and a second (could be 3rd/4th/5th!) hand shed and splashed out on seeds and magazines (if they have free seeds!) I've also been very lucky with family and other
  17. Prices are hiked by as much as 433%, according to a new survey Typical examples include charging £1.60p for a 30p can of coke Costs were compared to identical products sold in supermarkets Ryanair says customers are 'free to bring their own snacks' if they wish Read More ...
  18. A documentary on how Churchill invented an idea of Britain's past which politicians, most notably Thatcher, have used to their gain. From a series called The Trap. This one is on how Game Theory reduced idea of humans to self-interested beings and helped encourage neoliberalism.
  19. Latest data from Which? reveals the extent to which UK families are struggling to pay for essentials such as food. The group’s April consumer tracker survey shows one in five households (five million) using credit or savings to fill the fridge, as people find they are unable to manage on their monthly incomes. This group is largely made up of low-income families, with four in 10 of these households headed by people aged 30 to 49 years, the majority with children, and an income of £21,000 or less per year. Of those who are using credit or savings to pay for food, the tracker also reve
  20. just cooked and started eating some beef kofta kebabs they have a stick in the middle took a bite out and there is a long hair running down the stick it cant be mine as i have short hair not sure what to do ??
  21. Hi Guys, Recently I kinda burnt some food on the stove! OK... ok, I forgot it was there until the smoke alarm went off. Anyway, the kitchen STANK for ages after that. UNTIL. A few days ago a friend said, get some lemons, chop them up finely, get a MASSIVE pot, fill it with water, plonk the lemon in and give the kitchen a steam bath. So I did, and guess what.. The smell INSTANTLY disappeared! Just a word of warning, I was sure to remove things like metal ornaments and books etc... incase the acid in the lemon vapour corroded it. Also remove books as acid
  22. Does anyone buy there petfood from a wholesaler or manufacturer? I have two cats who usually have dry food in the morning and soft in the evening. My boy cat has recently had a reaccurring FUTI so i have been advised to only give him soft food, which is a lot more expensive! I'm hoping to be able to find a cheap website or contact where i can cut out the middle man and hopefully the price.
  23. Sparks_

    Hospital food!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21531545 Too true it can be awful, I spent almost a week, recently, in my local hospital for surgery, breakfasts was porridge or cereal and bread and jam no toast allowed! Oh could have an under ripened banana and some long life orange juice, no protein or healthy food provided! Not even wholemeal bread at times! Main meal at lunch time, very small, less than a hundred grams of protein, yes i can estimate that Evening meal was soup and a sandwich and a snack sized pack of biscuits for your supper. One evening the sandwich was chicken....3 tiny pieces of i
  24. The second wettest summer on record has blighted UK harvests and will lead to food price rises, farmers and retailers have warned. Wheat yields in England are down by almost 15% on the five-year average, the National Farmers' Union (NFU) reported, with some areas in the west of England suffering worst from the summer rain. The world price of grain has already been rising in recent months following a heatwave in Russia and the worst drought in 50 years in the US, which destroyed 45% of corn and 35% of the soya bean crop. Read more here :- http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/oct/
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