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Cheap Supermarket Set To Open

Tuesday November 19 2013




BRITAIN'S cheapest supermarket could open in Barnsley as soon as next month - stocked with cut-price food other stores have thrown out.

Leaflets publicising the scheme have already been delivered to homes in Goldthorpe, which is being targeted as an area of serious poverty.

The first ‘social supermarket’ expects its prices to be a third of those found on normal shop shelves.

Items will come from shops such as Marks and Spencer, Morrisons and Ocado.

But shoppers will have to have membership cards, issued only to families below a certain income threshold.

More than 1,000 similar stores in Spain and Greece have opened during the recession. Twenty more are planned for the UK next year.

Sarah Dunwell, who is masterminding the project in the town, said the shop would not be stocked with basic ‘austerity’ lines.

She said: "We’ll have staples such as sugar, pasta and rice but also more expensive goods such as French cheeses, lasagnes, desserts and household products.

"This isn't cheap food for the poor - it will bring a huge range of foods to people on the cusp of poverty.

"It takes stuff that will not make it to supermarket shelves and uses it to feed people who need it most."

Many items thrown away aren't even past their sell-by dates - Sarah said cheeses with the wrong weights couldn’t go on sale, nor chocolate mousses mispackaged with lemon mousse lids.

"While we have people in the UK going hungry it is wrong such foods should be thrown away," she added.

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Reply Posted by sara on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 13:08
Brilliant idea sarah ....well done

Reply Posted by trudie on Monday December 2 2013 at 18:45
its a good idea i hope they open more shop in hudderfield halifax brighouse wakefield all over

Reply Posted by skippy on Monday December 2 2013 at 19:10
Trudie..There is plenty of the places in every town,there are called skips at the supermarkets..

Reply Posted by Pfft on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 13:16
Membership cards for those under certain income - brilliant so the poor can afford french cheese and marks and spencers but us that work full time and pay mortages etc still womt be able to afford it (!) .. hate things like this - on paper i might not seem to be struggling but by time everything paid i wish i could afford french cheese and posh lasagne .. .. mighr sack off work get free roof over my head, money for doing nothing all day and now il get cut price posh food! Wheres the rewards for the workers and the people who pay for these poor people via our taxes?!

Reply Posted by hahahahahahahahaha on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 13:32
you make my heart bleed all the taxes you workers pay to keep me and my family on benefits..

Reply Posted by sheila on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:07
let see if you are laughing for long when you get your benefits stopped or cut we will be laughing people like make me sick we go out to work nearly 12 hrs aday to keep some of you lazy people watch this system change and smack you right in the face becouse you have to go out to work .....xxxxx

Reply Posted by Jimmy on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:54
The rewards for workers who pay for these poor people is an income so low that they have to claim benefits themselves (and are therefore eligible for a membership card for this scheme). There are some lazy people on the dole but most are not. Has it not occurred to you that people live precariously from agency job to dole and back again while half of Poland enjoy steady work round here. British people who find themselves unemployed through no fault of their own have paid taxes too.

Reply Posted by Wayne on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 17:06
Well said

Reply Posted by JAY on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 11:59
totally agree should be same for all dunt pay to work full time in this messed up world

Reply Posted by A on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 13:45
Well said, I work full time and once all my bills and full council tax etc are paid there isnt much left for me to spend on nice food. But I would much rather work and pay my own way than ever claim a single benefit. I think people on benefits should be given money anyway they should get their benefit money in food tokens, that way they can only use it to buy necessities. This means no fags or beer, that way at least the benefit is being used wisely!

Reply Posted by wasted on Monday November 25 2013 at 21:39
Pfft people like you make me sick.you quoted""wheres the rewards for the workers and the people who pay for these poor people via our taxes?!.because you work and pay taxes less than 1 PENCE,will go towards helping any poor person..get a grip and people who work sould not begrude anybody DECENT FOOD!!

Reply Posted by M on Monday December 2 2013 at 21:20
Discustting

Reply Posted by Tamara on Monday December 9 2013 at 13:12
I sypathise with those who work and are just above the poverty live themself. It is frustrating to know you work your bum off and get no where in life.

BUT, the answer to that is not making those who are more poor then you to suffer even more.

The answer is to stop begrudging people who are poor the help they need to make ends meet, while demanding those that work get a living wage! You work hard, you should be 'rewarded' with a decent standard of living with a good wage.

You have your anger pointed inthe wrong direction. Instead of looking down on the income level, to those who are worse off, look up. To those who make huge profits off your work. Those that are in power who claim to struggle on thier 66k incomes while claiming expeses, discounted meals at work and every other perk they get for work that no agerage worker gets. Discounted meals for the rich? They get lovely steak for the same price our kids pay for chicken nuggets at school.

Dont blame to poor...who know how to make every penny count, dontblame the food banks, dont blame the discount shops that pop up so they can EAT....blame the ones getting fat off your hard work, keeping profits in thier pockets, huge bonuses, and pay you a pittance.

Reply Posted by julie mac on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 13:18
what a great idea. people shouldnt go hungry these days x

Reply Posted by Anon on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 13:25
They forgot to mention that one of these stores is open in tankersly already for emergency services and people who work for suppliers so not just people on low wage it's the same company the store is just under a different name

Reply Posted by Wayne on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 17:10
We've got a card cos misses works for government, what I wanna know is every time we go there's not much chatting between the Brits, cos most of em are foreign!!! So how do they get there cards????

Reply Posted by Fred on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 18:46
@ Wayne, (AK xenophobic Wayne )

Same way as you muppet!!

All these immigrants get jobs because of there work ethics, not because they are prepared to work for less. I'm sure there are bone idle work shy poles aswell but they are all sat in front off the TV in Poland.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 12:16
Bullsh*t!

These immigrants get all the jobs as agencies and employers ACTIVELY DISCRIMINATE against people born in this town by following and aggressive policy of ONLY setting immigrant workers on.
Asos, Symphony to name but a few.

All while Barnsley has one of the highest rates for a town our size in WESTERN EUROPE.

Where is the xenophobia in Wayne's post? he was merely posting his views about a/the shop he had visited.

More politically correct clap trap again from you Fred.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 12:18
"unemployment rates for a town of our size in WESTERN EUROPE" that should have read!

Silly auto correct!

Reply Posted by YEp on Thursday November 21 2013 at 15:20
Well said Fred, finally someone with some sense.

Reply Posted by Yep on Thursday November 21 2013 at 15:20
Get yourself down to the hand car wash, do a month there and see how your work ethic stands up.

Reply Posted by sam on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 13:29
There's already one of these open in Tankersley and It has been for a very long time (at least 15 years). The company shop is brilliant.

Reply Posted by anotherpoorgirldependentonbenefits on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 16:05
last time i applied for a card to go to the company shop i was told they only issue them to people that work in the food industry - so no good to anybody thats living on benefits (which we do claim as my husband is almost blind but is self-employed and works between 35 - 50 hrs per week and on the verge of going out of business!)

Reply Posted by anotherpoorgirldependentonbenefits on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 16:11
quote from the company shop website

"Membership is limited to the employees and retirees of food manufacturers we work with, as well as employees of the emergency services."

so unless you were fortunate to work somwhere like Gents or Corah's years ago (I know they were issued with cards) then its no go to anyone living on benefits.

Reply Posted by Bob on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 13:31
@pffft get over yourself. Why begrudge another human being the opportunity to feed their family? You really are a slimy waste of space.

Reply Posted by you make me laugh on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 13:31
What a joke pfft.... well done sarah. Not everyone living in poverty or on benefits does nothing all day!!!! despite what you may see on t.v we don't all moan about how much we want after tax if we work,while downing a can of lager, some of us are stuck in a situation that due to lack of employment and the zero hrs contracts sadly is unavoidable and you are fortunate if you have never been in this situation. Thanks to Sarah if you ever have the misfortune to loose your job there will be a place to buy less expensive products.

Reply Posted by J on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 13:36
@Pfft.. its not about 'what' is on the shelves in this store.. its about the fact that whatever is on the shelves is going to be in the price range of the people that are entitled to shop there. No point moaning about posh cheeses or whatever, i think that was just an example to highlight a point. Personally I think this is a brilliant idea. It will help so many people during these hard times. I havent got cash to splash but our earnings cover everything that we need to get by, and I wouldnt begrudge families worse off than myself the chance to feel comfort in knowing that their families arent going hungry. Me and my partner have 2 children and both work so our circumstances are quite comfortable but the fact a scheme like this exists provides a sense of security in knowing that if ever circumstances were to change that we wouldnt have to put our children to bed hungry.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Monday November 25 2013 at 21:30
J, fantastic post and I totally agree.

Reply Posted by anon on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 13:40
yes the company shop is for the nhs the doctors etc who earn god knows howmuch i know they do brill job but you she see the trolleys stacked to the ceiling am sure they need the money normal people cant get a card

Reply Posted by no anon on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 13:43
not just for doctors nhs etc,other job descriptions can get a card for tankersley company shop

Reply Posted by Jayne on Monday November 25 2013 at 08:22
I applied only a few month ago and i can not have a card as i work in the wrong job and do not fit the criteria am a cleaner on low income 16 hrs x minimum wage

Reply Posted by YorkshirePud on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 13:44
Fab comments from all (apart from @pfft). This is a fantastic initiative and one which should be rolled out throughout the country. @J is absolutely right in that it's not about what items are on the shelves, but that there's healthy affordable food on the shelves that is within the price range of those less financially secure.

Seems to me that a lot of the moaners about people on benefit (and their blighted misconceptions due to the likes of tabloid reporting and shows such as Jeremy Kyle) would perhaps prefer a class system, where those fortunate to be in work and live benefit-free can eat Waitrose and M&S food whereas everyone else on benefits has to make to with either handouts at the food bank or eat Asda Smartprice (because we all know how nutritious that is, don't we)?

Excuse me whilst I go back to my bread and water...

Reply Posted by griffindor on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 13:48
It's a good thing that there's going to be a shop specifically targeted at those in need, but the amount of cheaper supermarkets/stores opening in the area is starting to grate a bit. There's now been a Lidl, another Iceland, another Poundland, and about 3 Aldis (though I do like Aldi) opened in the area recently, I'm just glad Sainsburys has finally moved in to build a store at Stairfoot. I'd love to see a Waitrose opened in Barnsley but with the attitudes of a lot of it's people ('ooooh a can't afford to pay 10p more for something a lot nicer') it's just never going to happen, despite the amount of cesspits further south with one. There's 2 in Northampton for christ's sake, which is a lot more grotty than Barnsley.

Reply Posted by lorna baker on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 13:54
@hahahahahahahaha that's a great attitude to have...i'm sure ya'll go far in life...your parents must be so proud!!

Reply Posted by me on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:01
Fab idea...yes there already is one but it wont hurt to have another. Why shouldnt people on low incomes be able to have a choice of decent food n not just have to buy supermarkets value range coz thats all they can afford.

Reply Posted by viki on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:07
Your all forgetting the fact that its creating jobs too so some of those "as u put it blood sucking benefit claimant's" you complain n moan about will have a job. Theirs some cold hearted people out their I'm soo glad I'm not like you. Bloody good idea tbh.

Reply Posted by hahahahah on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 23:00
are you the same viki from Benidorm..always likes the strawberry jam?

Reply Posted by MrsD on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:09
Not everyone in the NHS are Doctors and Consultants. Shame on anyone that thinks all NHS employees are making loads of money and doing nowt. My husband and I are both NHS employees and haven't had a wage increase since 2005 - back when a weekly shop at Morrisons was £40 (those were the days). I am thankful every day for the Company Shop; without it we wouldn't be able to afford meat on the table. As for this new shop opening, I'm personally delighted that those that fall below the poverty line will have access to food at a price they can afford.

Reply Posted by shaz on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:10
I got my card for company shop 25 years ago when I worked at SR Gents and still use it now its a god send. why pay supermarket prices when I dont have to. good quality meats etc which although near the sell by usually freeze anyway. always wondered why this wasnt done before as its sorely needed. ive always allowed anyone who's asked me to come along and stock up if needed.

Reply Posted by tony on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:12
Well put yorkshire pud exactly right. hahahahaha why don't you go and amuse yourself somewhere more apt like the playground perhaps. Mindless troll

Reply Posted by Dan on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:18
why are people rising the the bait that #hahahahahahahaha is putting on here, obv just an idiot trying to provoke a reaction and is working. We call them trolls and have nothing better to do with there pathetic miserable lives... get he/she are smackheads too and nick stuff off people as well as steal OUR money by being on dole... Nuff said! Good idea and novel idea but should be open to all apart from super-rich who wouldnt been seen dead in it any road

Reply Posted by hahahhaha on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:20
Never took drugs,never stole and never worked...get facts right

Reply Posted by Are u stupid on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:20
Hahahahaha....no I'm not laughing with u I am laughing at you ! ! No wonder this country is in such a mess with idiots like u in it ... Get a job and you might learn something about self -respect

Reply Posted by I'M JON HARPER on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:22
I DID NOT PUT UP THAT LAST COMMENT...

Reply Posted by viki on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:24
@hahaha. Its people like you that give the poor a bad rep!!!! Your pathetic most dint wish to be and try their hardest for what ever reason but you are a complete and utter twerp!!! U make the vulnerable feel like dirt on shoes like their not worth anything or deserving of anything. Their people just like everyone else. Most are decent people who do anything for anyone who one day will stand on their feet Say thank you for helping when times were hard and graft to give every penny back and help someone else who's fallen on hard times. Their wrong uns in all walks of life. I hope for your sake your attitude changes. I feel sorry for you I'm glad I'm not a sad heartless soul like you!!!!! Pathetic little person

Reply Posted by hahhahhahahah on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:26
feed the world....

Reply Posted by viki on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:29
I am on benefits and you are a disgrace !!!!! U are undeserving of what you get if you get it you could just be a jumped up twit who works yet has nothing but hate for people like me. I will give every penny back one day And hold my head up until then thank you for letting me and other feel like dirt. U are scum!!! I'd be ashamed to be your mother.... u go waste money on fags n bets but rule live your life with no pride and nothing to show for it.... well done u!!!

Reply Posted by hahahahahahahah on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 17:15
viki " I will give every penny back one day" I was crying in my beer reading the utter crap!

Reply Posted by Are u stupid on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:41
Hahahaha I earn considerably more than £500 per week and pride myself in giving at least 10% of my earnings to charity ( u know the ones that actually need help ! ) I work to buy choice for me and my family .. We choose where to live what to drive and where to holiday ... No one makes these decisions for us ... But hey what ever works for u I guess ... I just hope ur kids can break free from the system that they are being brought up in ... Life is what you make it ! Enjoy ur afternoon. In front of your free tv in your free house ... I am off to add some value to myself and others

Reply Posted by sharon on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:43
my husband works full time and earns 300 pounds more per year than when he was on benefits but we still have to pay full rent of 115 every week but would not like him to give up his job so i can see y people choose not to work is this shop just going to be for unemployed people or hard working familes who live below the breadline like us

Reply Posted by Are u stupid on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:52
We all end up dead hahaha and I will be better thought of by those that matter ... Difference is I'll leave a legacy for my family what will u leave for yours ? What will your obituary say ? Thought provoking stuff eh hahaha I know who will have the last laugh !

Reply Posted by HAHHAHAHAHHAH on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:55
your head is that far up your arse you can't see the facts,alot of people I know who are working on the breadline" can,t all be fortunate like you"struggle to pay there bills,so who is the fool certainly not me!!

Reply Posted by wicked on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:54
Yeah this is wicked I can now spend more money in the pub and know the mrs will have a slap up meal ready on the table for me when I get home.

Reply Posted by Dave on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:57
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha you people make me laugh Marks and Spencer, Morrison's Ocado.Waitrose M&S Iceland, Aldi Sainsburys same stuff different label,sending leaflets to Goldthorpe ha how they gonna get there to buy anything stick a free bus on,benefits benefits I wonder how many grow their own veg or keep chickens.People with jobs struggle to make ends meet as well as the work shy

Reply Posted by hahahhahhaha on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:59
in my mobility car hahahhhahhahah

Reply Posted by Are u stupid on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 15:03
Oh I know the facts alright hahaha I am not saying for one minute that everyone is as fortunate as me ( it's funny cause the harder I work the more fortunate I get ! ) what I am saying is that your attitude is disgusting and u are a disgrace to others who genuinely need the help and support of benefits to get by when times are hard

Reply Posted by hahhahhah on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 15:07
my heart bleeds!

Reply Posted by Jimmy on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 15:08
Hahahahahahahahaha I suspect that you're employed and just write your crap to demonise unemployed people and further your political agenda. I also suspect that you're an arsehole.

Reply Posted by hahahhhahaha on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 15:10
Jimmy@ never suspect anything,can get you into trouble,,hahhahahhaha

Reply Posted by Jimmy on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 15:15
You'll be saying that you get a free Ferrari when you sign on to further enrage the people of Barnsley and push them into the arms of David Cameron who wants to lower the living standards for everyone in the town. Classic divide and rule.

Reply Posted by hahhahhah on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 15:16
Jimmy get your facts right..i have never signed on..

Reply Posted by Jimmy on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 15:38
You have never learned to spell, punctuate or apply correct grammar either.

Reply Posted by ahhahhahhaahah on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 15:58
never needed to,

Reply Posted by Me on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 15:12
I work very hard & pay all my bills and paid into the 'pot' since leaving school 1990. It would be nice if something could help me & my family for a change. I'm happy that less fortunate people get help. But it would be nice.

Reply Posted by hahhhahhaha on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 15:13
to true Me..i wont have to go to the foodbanks when this shop opens,,,more choice..bring it on.

Reply Posted by tony on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 15:27
Why are you giving this troll the time of day? he's obviously just shit stirring for a 'laugh'.Sad attention seeker.

Reply Posted by hahahahhaahaha on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 15:59
you muppet keep writing.hahhahahhahahahhaahahahha

Reply Posted by steve on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 16:04
most of you make me laugh wait to you lose your jobs and are on benefits see whos laughing then

Reply Posted by anon on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 16:45
Does WAB know if this is part of the Company Shop and surely there will be jobs for people in the area

Reply Posted by pauline on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 17:10
is it gor the oap to use too

Reply Posted by AnOn on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 17:13
Is this thread about a new supermarket opening or the blight of internet trolls on social media?

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 17:17
can you read,IT,S ABOUT A SUPERMARKET WHICH WILL SELL FOOD AT A VERY NICE PRICE..

Reply Posted by troll on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 19:27
both.

Reply Posted by tony on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 18:23
Good keep them away from proper shops ive stopped taking my children shopping don't like them seeing thats sort

Reply Posted by toe knee on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 18:26
you spineless cretin..

Reply Posted by Jack hoff on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 18:23
The company shop (Marrons) would personally rather eat dog food than the crap they sell -
Been a few times gets no better just ends up going in bin #Discusting !

Reply Posted by x on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 19:44
iv'e paid into the pot since 1976 me but i still dont begrudge otherpeople worse off than myself a bit of cheap food ,and all this crap about working for peanuts because of pride is absolute rubbish,im a proud person who's always worked but i will say this if i thought for one minute staying at home and not having to work 50+ hrs a week would give me a better lifestyle id do it and so would the majority of the rest of you ,but we all know that for the majority of people it isn't the cushy lifestyle some people would have us believe

Reply Posted by viki on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 19:59
@hahahaha laugh all you want unlike you I wish to hold my own in the world you laugh into your beer all you want. When my youngest starts full time school I will be trying my very hardest to get a job. Have some fking pride and self respect. You say u live comfortably then u my dear must live in a dirty shithole if all you do is piss and bet your money away. I want my daughters to have pride in me. People like you are what's wrong with the world! Owt f nowt n no self worth pathetic. This post is about trying to help those who need it the most but since u live a comfortable life scrounging u won't need to go here. go back to your pint after all its never really your round is it

Reply Posted by hhhhaaaaaaaaa on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 20:27
Love to live...hate the word work..merry xmas

Reply Posted by angela lofts on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 20:03
there's one at rotherham factory foods. www.factoryfoods.co.uk. a lot of freezer food is any 10 for a fiver.

Reply Posted by angela on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 20:06
you need a card but anyone can have one just get them when you go .
there is also moortop farm that sells cheap food at hemsworth

Reply Posted by sarah on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 20:31
is this the new shop thats opening nextdoor to the pub.

Reply Posted by viki on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 20:35
sarah,it,s in the pub ,cheap beer and cheap food!!

Reply Posted by sarah on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 20:39
lol viki!

Reply Posted by jo bananas on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 20:41
his that viki from Benidorm?

Reply Posted by Tosh Bowes on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 21:16
I used to be proud of the town I wad born in but reading the responses to many WAB articles I think that this town is typically English. That is mean spirited and prepared to condemn others without KNOWING anything about them.
I think its a great idea and I hope it becomes a well established practice.
Economic inequality isn't based on whether you want to work or not. It's just a myth to get idiots to support the tories going after the poor rather thsn their own acquaintances. Waken up! How many people do you KNOW for ceryain avoid work.

Reply Posted by alison on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 22:50
I think if you all shopped properly and bought cheap cuts of meat from the butchers and cooked and baked instead of buying cheap foods that have no nutrition at all, you may feel less hungry and more healthy. Utilise your money wisely not wasting it buying cheap crap food. Stop smoking and cut the drink down to a treat at the weekend. No need for these degrading cheap food shops the only good thing for the poor is the food banks.

Reply Posted by sue on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 23:08
There's a lot of sense in your post Alison. Last weekend I bought a massive piece of pork which was on special offer for £4.75. It fed 4 of us. Some pizzas are dearer,and by god they are crap. Same with frozen chips, crap and expensive. Real potato chips rolled around in a bit of oil and pop them in the oven, beautiful. A lot of the food now are fit only for pigs,and before any one starts,I'm not an old biddy! Why put crap in your mouth and more so your kids mouths. I don't get it.

Reply Posted by ... on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 06:49
Anyone know what low income is?

Reply Posted by Gwyneth Paltrow on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 11:29
Allison could you be a bit more patronising and condescending, you're efforts are not quite good enough

Reply Posted by Graham on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 14:27
Well it is working already, when everyone has done bickering and passing derogatory opinions back and forth, can anyone remember the old divide and conquer routine, it worked under the Thatcher government ant it looks like this lot will be just the same. By the way I am on benefits, I worked for 40 years paying full contributions am now in my 60s and suffer from a severe chest complaint ( pits, steelworks cement works were the cause of this) 12 hour shifts plus travelling on top 6 days a week. now I am on the scrapheap and classed as one of the "scroungers" by the way I will not be able to use this shop as my wife also in her 60s has continued to work so we are not classed as needy. Be careful what you wish for, when the Benefit recipients have been dealt with who will be next, only the politicians will deem themselves exempt from this type of scrutiny

Reply Posted by :::::: on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 14:42
@A What absolute crap, yet another one who thinks they have the divine right to talk down to the people on benefits because they have a job. Keep listening to the tory lies, or alternatively put down your copy of the sun and wake up to what's really going on

Reply Posted by les on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 16:27
He we go with the tory jibe. Do you never give in you cretin?

Get a job or do one.

Reply Posted by Purple Haze on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 16:37
I think cheaper food shops are a great idea in principle but in reality the food will probably be crap. The fact that only people below a certain income level can use them is discriminatory. There are many people who do work but because they pay full bills including their mortgage or rent, council tax and so on, they are also on the poverty line. After all someone on benefits pays about £8 per month council tax as opposed to workers paying about £100 onwards per month.
Plus if Goldthorpe is known to be so badly off and we all know it is then how come Barnsley pretends the place belongs to some other council and actively ignores it?

Reply Posted by Richard on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 16:44
Purple Haze, you always have to pull things down,read the post correctly,Marks & spencers,Morrisons,ETC,not CRAP FOOD like you suggest..

Reply Posted by Purple Haze on Saturday November 23 2013 at 18:51
If the food is near the use by date then how good will it be? Plus do you really think that it will be M & S food, really? Then how daft are you? Mind you you probably voted for the current plonkers who have made things so bad financially.....

Reply Posted by Richard on Saturday November 23 2013 at 19:21
You are a 1st class prat Purple Haze,It is the same shop as the Company Shop at Tankersley,I visit regular and yes it is top class food from various supermarkets,Get your facts in order. As with most of your post there don.t make much sense..You are a bottom of the pile person,uneducated also!

Reply Posted by joe bloggs on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 20:41
the shop wants to be next to the credit union and then the will only need to be one queue.

Reply Posted by sonia on Thursday November 21 2013 at 10:42
my son works at company shop on agency, so they have him for a few weeks then lay him off for a few then hes put back on for a few n so the cycle goes...my point is.. they say that the new shop in goldthorpe will create jobs for local ppl, it WONT...employees from tankersley are being sent there ! so you would think that since jobs ARE actually being advertised on direct.gov for tankersley and employees are being transferred out of there they would be setting on? but no they are just going to employ more agency (mostly foreigners who use their own language to ostracize Barnsley lads) my son has applied for every job that has come up at tankersley and the company don't even acknowledge any applications, when he asks management at work they say there is no jobs just agency !!!! all I can say is in Barnsley we tend to call a spade a spade!!! so although I agree that this new shop is a good idea, please don't be taken in by the smokescreen of "jobs for Barnsley folk" as this just is not the case.

Reply Posted by Lollipop on Thursday November 21 2013 at 15:10
A shop for peasants

Reply Posted by ss on Thursday November 21 2013 at 15:13
A Shop for ? grammer police investigate:

Reply Posted by Bob on Thursday November 21 2013 at 15:22
*grammar

Reply Posted by Krazy Dave on Thursday November 21 2013 at 15:53
So people on low incomes will get to eat M&S food, yet people who work 50+ hrs a week barely getting by will be stuck eating Tesco Value food! Makes me wonder why i bust my backside to make sure my family can eat good food. The message is clear, work less and you'll be rewarded with financial benefits, more time off and food that's better than us workers can afford.

Reply Posted by hahahahhahhahaha on Thursday November 21 2013 at 16:40
why work you fools..

Reply Posted by sammie on Thursday November 21 2013 at 16:04
Why cant the workers get rewarded for what we do rather than everything being for people on benefits. We work long hours and for what...
It makes more sense to me just to open the shops to anyone rather than only the needy getting cards issued.
Wouldn't the shops make more money this way?
I think someone needs to get their priorities right

Reply Posted by """"" on Thursday November 21 2013 at 16:12
Jesus, you can't educate pork

Reply Posted by tony on Thursday November 21 2013 at 18:10
Go away little troll, you're probably still at school arse wipe

Reply Posted by tracey on Thursday November 21 2013 at 19:23
It says in the article the membership cards are for people on low incomes ..am just wondering what salary is classed as low?? X

Reply Posted by mark on Thursday November 21 2013 at 20:50
i think this is a very good idea all the big supermarkets throw loads of food away that never reaches the shelves for one reason or another that nobody knows why ?

Reply Posted by i-love-scratters on Thursday November 21 2013 at 20:59
keeps the stinking scratters out of Tesco and Asda. stinking in the aisles with their kids all greased up! hope they sell cheap toiletries in this store, then the SkyTV, social workers and Brighthouse bailiffs going to their homes will have a better smell up their noses! this shop will encourage them to buy extra to sell in the pub to make money for themselves! Guaranteed! Poverty my arse!!!

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday November 21 2013 at 21:01
Ooooo nasty that!

Reply Posted by Mr khan here on Thursday November 21 2013 at 21:14
Brill news,will sent my family for bloody cheap marks and spencers food,and bloody sell in my shop..cheaper than bloody wholesalers,,win win win all the way,ps Sid may even do cheap Kestrel.Mr khan here serving Barnsley for over 40yrs..

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday November 21 2013 at 21:17
Ahhh Mr.khan.!!! Were you been? I drank the kestrel and I'm short on supplies! How the devil is your beautiful family?

Reply Posted by Mr Khan here on Thursday November 21 2013 at 21:23
gave it a rest idiots were spoiling the fun..bloody family fine.wife,s mother came to stay,she been bloody here 5 yrs can,t get rid,took over the bloody house.she stinks of bloody curry.she drinking all the bloody kestrel..i wish it would make her bloody fly all the back home..must dash got to be up for morning papers 4am,,mr khan and family serving Barnsley over 40yrs..

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday November 21 2013 at 21:26
Oooer,you sound as if you need to get you're yoga mat out instead of your prayer mat Mr.khan! Ohmmmmm!

Reply Posted by Mr Khan here on Thursday November 21 2013 at 21:37
Sid you gotta laugh.Had friends round from our beautiful community last week,We played bloody twister,Mrs Jones always comes into shop for bloody credit,after some bloody free kestrel she had her arms and legs in postions ive only ever seen in karma sutra.gave my bloody wife ideas but I was Christmas crackered...mr khan and family serving Barnsley over 40yrs

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday November 21 2013 at 21:42
Ooooer Mr.khan! You don't go far but you do see life!.....well...sounds like you saw something anyway! Its that mighty kestrel! It makes you soar! Haha! Save me some and I might have a karma sutra session myself! ...not into twister. Haha.

Reply Posted by John on Sunday November 24 2013 at 21:12
The food is the same that's on sale at company shop. It's good produce. Let The poor eat good food might even stop people been hungry.

Reply Posted by g on Sunday November 24 2013 at 21:14
food shop in goldthorpe dont know why everybodies getting exited about not be long before it gets srewed held up or burnt

Reply Posted by Well fed on Sunday November 24 2013 at 21:37
Always someone moaning in here. We could all live reasonably well if we took the time to cook properly. I don't get the people saying company shop food is crap or those who think it only goes for them with high wages can get cards. My min gets my shopping from there and me and my kids eat really well. Daft thing is the food for all the supermarkets is made in same place just packed different anyone who works at manor bakeries wi know this and they can av a marrens card too

Reply Posted by Ddme on Sunday November 24 2013 at 22:54
I think it is a good idea, am sure most people have needed help, I have worked from leaving school 21 years ago, and yes I have done some shit jobs just to fetch money in, only thing I don't get is workers pay into nhs and have to pay for prescriptions dental treatment and sight tests, but good luck to them that really need it

Reply Posted by Anon. on Monday November 25 2013 at 02:34
Love the "polish" card.. Just because british chavs can't be ass'd to put effort in for jobs

Reply Posted by above post by christine kilkenny on Monday November 25 2013 at 08:11
She moved to London from Barnsley,Family disowned her as she is a transgender,sadly family couldn't cope with the change,very old fashioned parents who were brought up in the 40;s regime..she now resorts to pulling down us young one.some of us work and are very well educated,so stick to your soho and stop pulling us lot down,,jog on

Reply Posted by ang on Monday November 25 2013 at 07:35
i can tell you now after visiting the company shop previously its no cheaper than other suprmarkets.you, cant beat aldi,so to those who think they ll get stuff cheaper doubt it very much unless out of date or odd speacail offer

Reply Posted by dan on Monday December 9 2013 at 19:23
got to agree against all other supermarkets i recently started shopping at aldi again and it is not costing me any more than at aldi and the other stuff was just cheap shit food like smart price food tesco value at least with aldi it is nice food

Reply Posted by m day on Monday November 25 2013 at 09:36
I bet the rich are are basking in laughter at many of these arguments on here workers against people on benefits, immigrants etc. all of these should be united in one common cause. as all are being affected by the economic crisis. Perpetrated by the financial parasitism of the financial elite, the question here is that many should really study the history of the working class and the world economic crisis of world imperialism. to find these answers wsws.org.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Monday November 25 2013 at 22:07
Totally and utterly agree, but you are wasting your breath on here mate.

Reply Posted by Struggling on Monday November 25 2013 at 10:14
I'm a 31 yr old female who,for the last 3 years has been bouncing from agency to agency. Not because I choose to because I made a disasterous life path and became addicted to heroin. After 10 years struggling with this addiction I beat it in December 09 and never looked back! The only work I can get is agency as many company's want a crb check, and for those wondering, it was a shoplifting charge. I realized my mistakes and I'm truely sorry for my past actions,I cannot change the past, but that doesn't mean I'm a bad person, in fact I'm one if the nicest people you will ever meet. I am now looking for work again as our current position was ended, yet I daren't sign on for the fear of presicution. I get my last wage on Friday which will be around £200, after that I don't know what I'm going to do. This has just given me a lifeline for Christmas, thankyou to all who help make it possible. Merry Christmas to you all.

Reply Posted by observer on Monday November 25 2013 at 12:01
i think its a great idea. but was always going to stir up a stink. so, to make it fair. why dont employers. or the government. or sarah?. do this for the working people of the country or our towns too.

Reply Posted by xxxx on Monday November 25 2013 at 13:16
you know what would be fair observer,if the government fetched in a rule so that no one could work more than 40hrs per week and give all the extra hrs to people who want a job,im sick to the back teeth of reading comments from people who have jobs stating that they both work full time sometimes 60hrs a week to provide for their families well give up the extra hrs stop being so greedy and give someone else chance to work and provide for their families too

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Monday November 25 2013 at 22:06
What a ridiculous statement xxxx.

Your venom should be aimed at the government that have allowed millions of immigrant workers in taking up housing, the NHS, valuable school spaces and more importantly thousands of jobs from local people.

If the jobs were there for local people then these shops above wouldn't need to exist.

Reply Posted by xxxx on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 16:48
its not ridiculous at all stevo afull time job is classed as 37-40hrs per week,if everyone stuck to these hrs that would then free up hrs for unemployed people to have,if you want people back to work share out the hrs .think about it stevo if 2/3 gave up the overtime thats a full time job for someone,but how many who moan about people on benefits are actually prepared to give up opvertime,not many i dare say

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 17:50
So then say if a bloke gives up his overtime, say 4 hours a day or 20 hours per week how is he going to pay for "extras" such as a new car or taking the wife and kids on holiday?

Or would you rather that bloke just did his normal hours and claimed tax credits to "top up" his earnings?

Not only that, how many firms have overtime available all year round?

Granted, there will be a few firms wanting people to work over during the few months up to xmas, but there still isn't enough overtime to justify taking on extra staff.
Again some firms will set on temporary workers to cope with the xmas "rush" but 90% of said temporary staff will be laid off in the new year.

If someone wants a new car or holiday and the overtime is readily available then they are going to work aren't they?

More importantly, why should people have to give up their overtime?

Times are hard for many working people too, not just the ones on benefits.

I am extremely lucky that I don't have to work overtime, I do work 48 hours a week though.
I suppose you will be telling me I should be working 40 hours a week maximum next!

Reply Posted by xxxx on Wednesday November 27 2013 at 10:36
youv'e just totally proved my point stevo you want everyone off benefits so your taxes ar'nt paying for them but in order to do that then people will have to give up the luxuries they work all the overtime for to free up more jobs you cant have it both ways you either want people back in work or you want the overtime for your own luxuries,and look at it this way stevo you might not be able to have holidays or cars,but then again neither will anyone else cos they'll all be working not claiming benefits and in exactly the same boat cos everyone will be working the same hrs

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Wednesday November 27 2013 at 11:19
xxxx, what I would like to see is everyone that can work back in jobs that pay decent living wages of £8+an hour working for companies that treat them with respect and dignity, NOT companies the likes of Asos that treat their workers like shit with their crap pay and crap annualised hours contracts.

With regards to paying for people on benefits via my tax etc, you do actually realise that the cost to me as a taxpayer "paying for those people on benefits" is merely pennies per week don't you?

Contrary to popular belief, I don't actually mind paying those pennies out of my wage every week to help someone less fortunate than me, it has never been a problem to me and never will be.

If genuine people need help then they should get that help, but as I have stated on many numerous occasions, benefits should be a stop gap not a lifestyle choice.
We all know at least one person in our respective villages that has never worked and just don't want to work and as far as I am concerned, and just to re-iterate what I said further up this post, if someone is fit and able to work then they should work.

AND before you start bleating on about how hard it is to get a job in our town, I know love I have been there, I was extremely fortunate to get another job four days after being made redundant and I am thankful everyday for that.

As for people working overtime, people have different lifestyles, some people are up to the necks in debt and have to work overtime to pay that debt back, some people like to go on holiday three times a year and so on.

Back to the £8+ an hour, if companies were made to pay proper living wages then that would take millions of people odd tax credits saving the taxpayer billions which would free up funding to look after our elderly and disabled, which in my opinion should get a lot more than they do at present.

Reply Posted by Trevor on Wednesday November 27 2013 at 11:33
Steveo..True, A living wage would be better all round for the economy,but a lot of my friends work full time and when the bills are paid,some weeks there is not a lot of money left for any luxouries.it is so sad but a lot of todays workers live week to week and do not have any spare cash..you sould be able to go to work and end of the week/month treat yourself,but the government with the shit wages and zero contracts im afraid there is not much hope for the future.

Reply Posted by xxxx on Thursday November 28 2013 at 12:45
yes stevo i do know how much of my wages go on benefits,so what us workers need to ask our selves is do we carry on moaning about the few pence off our taxes or do we give up part of our wages to allow the unemployed to find a job,i really believe that to get every unemployed person in this country back to work that the people who are working already will have to give up the overtime that allows them to have those little extras,so what every single working person in this country needs to ask themselves is do they really think a few pence of their taxes is as bad as they thought

Reply Posted by Richard on Friday November 29 2013 at 10:15
@ Steveo your comment about current govt allowing millions of immigrants into UK. That's inaccurate and misleading. It was during Labour 1997-2010 that saw the highest influx on immigration into the UK. I believe this is a huge catalyst as to the employment problems we have been facing. It's just as well the new government has pledged (and delivered) 1.5 million new jobs and 1.5 million new apprenticeships.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Sunday December 1 2013 at 09:43
Never said it wasn't Richie Poos, and Labour themselves admitted they got the stats horrendously wrong.
However, the Tory / Lib Dem alliance promised to cut immigration from hundreds to tens of thousands, latest figures show that 112,000 immigrants landed on our shores last year alone.
Oh dear seems the Con -Dem coalition have got it badly wrong too...

The coalition actively support immigration as it gives their rich industrialist cohorts cheaper labour.

With regards to "these" 1.5 million jobs , I wonder how many of those were via agencies and on zero hours contracts?

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