The following internal message, sent by Croydon Council‘s chief executive Jon Rouse to all staff last Thursday, shows just how difficult life has become for many local residents, including some of the thousands of people who have lost their jobs on the council under Rouse.
We wonder what sort of donation Rouse will be making himself from his £248,000 salary?
Croydon Food Network
We all know that times are tough right now. But for some of our families here in Croydon, this can extend to finding it difficult to put food on the table each day. The Council has worked over a number of months with the voluntary and faith sectors to ensure that we have a network of food banks in place. A number of us thought that it would be good to give staff a change [SIC] to get involved, by asking you to consider donating some food items during December so we can help ensure that families are at least stocked up for over the Christmas period. Hopefully, you have seen the leaflets and posters. The collections start next Wednesday. Let’s see what we can contribute.
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For a few years now, I have witnessed the hypocrisy and duplicitousness of the likes of Mr Rouse & Co. It revolts me.
We are openly and unashamedly Christian every day of the year, not just at Christmas.
We help with projects in West London where the homeless are given shelter, food and a wash for the night.
Why the homeless? Because being homeless is the hardest and most painful predicament of all.
Food banks are a shame for this government from hell.
Their lack of empathy is frightening and so are the utterances of our local politicians (and would-be politicians) who try to justify “necessary” cuts. They lie to themselves.