Forty percent of people claiming Universal Credit skipping meals to survive, new research from the Trussell Trust reveals

7th September 2022

The Trussell Trust has published new research highlighting the devastating impact the cost of living crisis is having on people forced to survive on the lowest incomes.

One in five (21%) people were unable to cook hot food this summer as they couldn’t afford to use the oven, while almost a quarter (23%) have been unable to travel to work or essential appointments, such as the doctors or the school run, in the last three months because they couldn’t afford the cost of public transport or fuel, the charity says.

The research, a YouGov survey of 1,846 people in receipt of Universal Credit during August 2022, found more than two million* people had skipped meals across the previous three months to keep up with other essential costs.

Worryingly, 38% of people said they’d gone a whole day with no food at all or just one meal, in the last month, because they couldn’t afford to buy enough food.

This comes as the Trussell Trust revealed that food banks in its network provided 50% more parcels to people across the UK in recent months, compared to before the pandemic. This means a parcel provided to someone facing hardship every 13 seconds.


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