More than 1m people in UK regularly struggle to afford food, report finds

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Poll of poorest households also finds fewer than a third of people believe the Conservatives care about them

More than a million of the UK’s poorest people are persistently struggling to pay for food and are in “severe financial trouble”, and most do not believe politicians care about helping them, a survey by the centre-right thinktank the Centre for Social Justice has shown.

More than a third of people in the poorest households with annual incomes below £16,999 have occasionally struggled to pay for food while a fifth find it a regular problem. A third also worry about losing their jobs in the near future, as the Covid-19 pandemic triggers unemployment levels that are predicted to rise to 7.5% by early next year, up from 4% at the start of 2020.

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