On the website for the Trussell Trust, a charity that organises food banks and emergency food, support and other services, I discovered some really shocking facts.
That currently in the UK, 13 million people live below the poverty line – that’s about 1 in 5 people. Between April 2014 and April 2015, emergency 3 day food supplies were given to 1,084,604 people, 330,205 of those were children.
There are some heartbreaking stories that the charity shares, showing the struggles that millions of people are going through right now. People can fall into hardship easily through the loss of a job, loss of a family member, delayed or cut benefits or support services, debt, illness or domestic violence. Charities like the Trussell Trust are in place to support the forgotten people – the millions whose voices are not heard and who are most affected by the current changes to welfare systems.
Last year, I began to engage with political / protest art. Myself and many people I know had been hit hard by the disappointing results of the elections, and the prospect that support for the most vulnerable in our communities was about to be cut further. I am disgusted every day by the way people who are meant to be representing us in parliament are making our lives more of a struggle for the profit of the wealthy 1%. Honest, working people are losing their livelihoods and their lives over these welfare cuts and people’s greed, and they need to be represented and listened to. The corruption in this country is killing hard-working, good people.