The charities behind food banks are planning to branch out, to help landlords targeted by the chancellor.
Some landlords are down to their last nine or ten houses, and the latest tax increase could hamper their Christmas cruises or trips into space.
“While we do hand out beans and things to people who, on the face of it, are quite poor”, explained Pippa Delaney, “it’s come to our attention that the people who own their homes are also struggling.”
“And if we don’t support them, they won’t be in a position to fill our food bins in the entrance to Waitrose. So to quote the bible, ‘charity starts at home-owners’.”
From Monday, the foodbank will ask recipients to make a small donation for their meals, amounting to ‘no more’ than the average price at Aldi.
“That should mean we can top up their rent, so the landlords don’t suffer”, said Delaney. “In a way, it’s a win-win situation.”