WEB POLL: should the city council help fund food banks?

Ripon's Bread of Life food bank volunteers collect food from shoppers in Booths.
Ripon's Bread of Life food bank volunteers collect food from shoppers in Booths.
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The issue of whether Ripon City Council should grant a request to give Ripon’s Bread of Life food bank a donation of £1,000 was the subject of heated debate this week.

In the discussion at the town hall on Monday, Coun David Todd said: ”In this day and age there is no-one really poor. People are not that poor that they need to beg for food.”

He was joined by Couns Charlie Powell and Sid Hawke in voting to turn down the request, while Couns Bernard Bateman, Julie Ann Martin-Long and Alan Skidmore defended the volunteer-led service, set up by Ripon Community Church.

The issue of granting the request remains on hold.

We want to know: do you think Ripon City Council should be using its funds to support food banks in the city? You can vote in the poll on the right, and also log-in and leave your comments below.

If you wish to write us a letter on the subject, send an email by clicking on reporter Emily Noble’s name at the top of this article.