CHARITY BEGINS IN JARROW

From THE WAY:

The bishop of Jarrow, the Rt Rev Mark Bryant (Church of England), has pledged to give his £250 winter fuel handout from the government to charity. He is calling on older people in work, who also receive the payment, to do the same.

Writing in the latest issue of the Diocese of Durham’s magazine, bishop Bryant wrote: “It does look as if the Winter Fuel Payment is not really working in using money to get to the people who need it most. The facts of the matter are that I – and many other people in work – simply do not need the Winter Fuel Payment. There are others who are not getting it, who need it more.”

COMMENT: Of course, there is a big difference between a suffragan bishop’s salary and the salary of a person stacking shelves at B&Q,* and this must be factored in to such appeals for largesse. But I like the bishop’s attitude, especially that he is leading by example and not, as so often happens, excluding himself because of “special circumstances.” However, it would be far simpler if the stinking rich just gave most of their earnings to the poor and left both the poor and the average waged to enjoy their hard earned cash.

* B&Q are a DIY chain in the UK who have an admirable policy of deliberately employing older people. With the exception of the pitiful wages their employees receive, as is usual in the retail sector, this positive discrimination works well for both parties. B&Q’s older workers, who will have been victims of ageism in the employment market, get a job and B&Q get a whole load of workers who are wise, helpful and well-mannered.

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CHARITY BEGINS IN JARROW — 7 Comments

  1. Please, MP, tell an old lady what does DIY stand for? I know I will feel a complete fool when you tell me something as obvious as that, but I’ve been a fool for many things, even Jesus. Thank you.

  2. and B&Q get a whole load of workers who are wise, helpful and well-mannered.

    As well as a crew who can probably reach the upper shelves.

    The shelving in our modern supermarkets come from the USA. We are already hereditarily much shorter when compared to Statesonians, and a 15 year old Mexican stocker has not usually reached their full height. So there are ladders scattered all over our grocery stores.

  3. Thanks, MP. Of course, I understand now, and as I said, feel foolish. In the USA there are even women DIY’ers you know. Especially in the Bay Area. Even those big stores that have everything for “Home Improvement” are called Hardware Stores here.

  4. the pitiful wages their employees receive…B&Q’s older workers, who will have been victims of ageism in the employment market, get a job

    But isn’t this like (on this side of the Pond’s) Walmart, and their obligatory older “greeters”? So grateful for a job, ANY job, that they won’t say boo about the unliveable-on wages and (no) benefits?

    [Standard practice at “Wally World”, has been to give new employees an info sheet on their locale’s social services for the poor. Because on Walmart wages/no-benefits, that’s what they are! >:-(]