According to a study published on Monday, millions of Britons will have to eat less or skip meals, a situation that has worsened with the rising cost of living since the beginning of the year.
According to a study published by the Food Foundation, more than 7 million adults lived in a home without food (about 14% of the total) in April, an increase of 57% since January.
About 2.6 million children live in these homes. And 2.4 million adults did not eat for at least one day in April, according to a study by the YouGov Institute.
The foundation called on the government to “take immediate action to prevent this crisis from escalating further” especially by “increasing allowances such as inflation” or “expanding access to free school meals”.
In addition, Food Bank recipients are “increasingly asking for food that does not require cooking” because “families can not afford energy bills,” the company adds, warning that food insecurity will increase further in the coming months.
Inflation in the United Kingdom could exceed 10% this year, especially due to rising energy and food prices, and growing criticism of Treasury Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who has been accused of failing to provide adequate assistance to distressed families.
Keith Anderson, boss of Scottish Power, one of the largest power distributors in the United Kingdom, also called on the government to take action when “almost 40% of households are at risk of energy poverty next winter.”
The executive, Mr Anderson, said the most disadvantaged would have to pay a reduction of లలో 1,000 (more than 1 1,160) a year in energy bills, a cost that could be “repaid in 10 years”.
For their part, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) have asked the government to approve an emergency budget to reverse tax increases in April or reduce VAT on energy bills and help businesses cope with rising costs.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak argued in a statement later on Monday that the government had already announced assistance to SMEs, which would include tax cuts targeting certain struggling sectors such as small companies or retailers, hospitality or hobbies.