Britain sees more families struggling to afford food, power
Families in Britain are still experiencing shortage in basic necessities such as food and power supply, according to two independent surveys, despite earning more and paying less tax.
In a report in BBC, Citizens Advice, a firm that offers free advice regarding citizens’ rights and responsibility, found that 140,000 households are living without power supply, as they cannot afford to top up their prepayment meters.
Many parents, belonging to the poorest demographic, are also skipping meals, said Living Wage Foundation, an organization campaigning for fair pay.
The survey conducted by Citizens Advice suggested that most households which cannot afford to put money in the meter contain either children or someone with a long-term health condition. Some people are left in cold houses, or without hot water.
“It is unacceptable that so many vulnerable households are being left without heat and light,” said Gillian Guy, the chief executive of Citizens Advice.
Meanwhile, the survey conducted by the Living Wage Foundation suggested that a third of working parents on low incomes have regularly gone without meals, because of a lack of money. Around a half of those families have also fallen behind with household bills.
“These findings reveal the desperate choices low paid families have to make, and show why it’s so important that more employers take a stand by paying the real Living Wage, based on what they need to live, not just the government minimum,” said Tess Lanning, director of the Living Wage Foundation.
The government has insisted that it is helping working families. The National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage is higher now in £7.83 for adults aged 25 and over compared to £6.31 five years ago.