Reported on Sky news, quality goods which may have been rejected due to labelling problems or over-stocking, are sold cheaply to those on benefits.{jcomments on} 

Britain's first 'social' supermarket has opened in Yorkshire where those on benefits can buy cut-price stock from major manufacturers that otherwise would have been thrown away.

Members of Community Shop can buy good-quality, branded goods for a fraction of the usual shelf price, such as a Warburtons loaf for just 20p, or a tin of Heinz beans for 29p.

If the scheme being piloted in the ex-mining community of Goldthorpe, near Barnsley, is successful, organisers plan to roll stores out across the country.

The products from major chains such as Asda, Marks & Spencer and Morrisons are fit for consumption and in-date, but may have been rejected for a number of reasons, such as a problem with the labelling, or as a result of over-stocking.

Explaining how it works, Sky's Gerard Tubb said: "You have to be a member, you have to be on means-tested benefits which obviously means that you don't have much money, and you can join.

Read the full report here

Thanks to Jim Allison for spotting this story


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