A FORMER serviceman for the British Armed Forces has been forced to reply on charity and food banks, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary has claimed.
Rebecca Long-Bailey, while answering a question on BBC’s Question Time, told the story of a 50-year-old veteran that is forced to work seven miles every day to get to work and accept charity from food banks.
Ms Long-Bailey said: “There’s been a group of people trying to recreating his [George Orwell’s] footsteps [in his book The Road to Wigan].
“He was 50 years of age and he had given 15 years fighting for Britain in the Armed Forces.
“He’d given his life to this country. Now is this the kind of Britain he deserves, where he is forced to rely on charity?
Her comments came after an audience member accused the Conservative Party of conspiring to ignore the homeless.
A man in the audience said: “The benefits system, as we all refer to it, is the main reason people are falling society and living on the streets.