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Posted by Ros Connors

UK families face mounting debts to put food on the table

The cost-of-living crisis has hit UK families’ pockets hard and now new research from national poverty charity, Turn2us, has revealed almost half of the people that come to them for help do so after being left with nothing to live on each week after paying housing, council tax and utility bills.

Furthermore, the same group of people find their weekly food costs £75, leaving many pushed into debt just to put meals on the table for themselves and their families.

This significant shortfall in people’s incomes to pay for vital essentials like food means most recipients of the first instalment of the £650 (£326) announced by the Chancellor back in May will be used up in less than five weeks. People on means-tested benefits are due to receive their first payment this week (14/07).

Ros spoke to Michael Clarke, head of information programmes at Turn2Us.

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