New analysis from Newcastle Labour, based on research by the Food Foundation reveals the staggering extent of food insecurity as the cost of living crisis deepens. It shows:
- 4,518 households in Newcastle going a whole day without eating
- 6,902 in Newcastle not eating even when hungry because they cannot afford to eat
- 11,044 in Newcastle are eating smaller meals or skipped eating because they cannot afford food.
- Across the country more than a million adults are forced to go more than a day without eating
The figures come ahead of an enormous squeeze on living standards this spring, with energy prices set to spiral by £693, and the Conservative government raising National Insurance by £13bn.
The National Insurance hike matches the £4.3bn the government has written off to fraudsters and the £8.7bn in losses for PPE that doesn’t work.
Ministers have refused to bring in Labour’s proposed energy plan which would save £600 for those struggling the most. Labour’s plan would be funded by a one-off windfall tax on North Sea Oil and Gas producers who have profited from price rises. In the last week Shell announced annual profits of $19bn, BP announced annual profits of $12.8bn.
Publishing the analysis, Labour’s Paula Holland said,
“The cost of living crisis is spiralling out of control, yet instead of offering the support families in Newcastle need, the Conservatives are wasting our money and raising our taxes – just when we can least afford it.
4518 families in Newcastle are now having to go more than a day without food – many more aren’t able to eat when they are hungry because they simply cannot make ends meet.
Labour has suggested a sensible plan to support families – funded by fair taxes on the multi-billion profits of oil and gas producers, but sadly the Conservatives are either too mired in chaos and scandal or too incompetent to act. That has to change.”