Depending on where you get your news from most people have heard the harrowing stories of seemingly arbitrary benefit sanctions, the hoops people have to jump through to get Personal Independent Payments (PIP), becoming financially crippled by the bedroom tax… not to mention welfare cuts - the list goes on and on.
The resulting demand on food banks (The Trussell Trust gave out 1.1m food parcels alone during the year to April 2016), and advocacy and support charities has seen a huge increase as more and more people are forced between choosing to heat their homes or put food on the table; between buying their children clothes and having hot water.
These struggles are embodied by the film 'I, Daniel Blake' – Ken Loach’s Palme D’or winning depiction of the Kafka-esque navigation of the modern welfare system.
A collaboration between Southwark Community Action Networks, The Rainbow Collective, Southwark Foodbank, and Advising London warmly invites you to a screening of the Film taking place at the Cinema Museum on February 6th. Doors open 6.30pm. Film to start at 7.30pm.
A Q&A session - hosted by John Pandit (Campaigner & Musician) - will follow the film to discuss the issues raised by the film and how we can fight back against austerity and welfare reform. The panel includes:
Neil Coyle - MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Chris Price - Executive Director of Pecan/Southwark Food bank
Helen Rice - Chief Executive of Advising London
Patrick Butler - Editor of society, health and education policy, Guardian
There is no entrance fee - all we ask is that you must bring along a bag of non-perishable food to be donated to the Southwark Foodbank run by Pecan. For a list of suggested food you can donate click here.
BOOKING ESSENTIAL - If you do not have a ticket we can't guarantee entry
Spaces are very limited so if you book and can no longer attend please let us know so that we can make your place available again.