The Institute of Fiscal Studies has highlighted the the average UK family will be worse off by £1800 a year by 2015.
Incomes in the UK are failing to keep up with inflation and that is in addition to the billions in welfare cuts that came last month.
“Most of the falls in real incomes associated with the recession have now happened for middle- and higher-income groups,” said Robert Joyce, a senior economist at the IFS. (Source)
The UK is struggling with ever increasing food and domestic fuel price rises and is seeing an explosion in obesity as hard hit families turn to cheap, calorie laden food rather than more expensive fresh produce to feed their families.
The heat or eat situation is becoming increasingly common in Britain and many families, and senior citizens in particular have stark choices to make when the weather turns colder.
There has been a massive increase in the number of food banks opening up, even in affluent areas of the country as prices continue to surge higher.
Chichester, a well to do city in Sussex in the south of England has recently opened a food bank, something that would have been unheard of until recently. The city boasts an affluent population and is within the commuter belt for those working in London. Unemployment and rising bills has seen an increasing number of desperate people going through its doors.
Staff declined to comment except to confirm a rise in the number of people using the service and to point out they never have quite enough food to go around and all donations are welcomed.
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