The chief executive of a charity told the paper that the British were “beyond the power-saving strategy” to manage skyrocketing costs.
Families in the UK struggling to reduce energy costs are spending their evenings at McDonald’s, The Guardian reported Wednesday.
They do so at the highest inflation rate in 40 years.
These families are known to travel to places like McDonald’s for free Wi-Fi, heat and less expensive food.
“People are buying a good meal for their kids for a few bucks and keeping them warm inside. Then they brush and brush their teeth in the sink and watch television for hours on free WiFi,“According to The Guardian,” said Matthew Cole of the Fuel Bank Foundation.
Joe Gilbert, CEO of energy-focused consulting charity Cubes, told the newspaper:In fact, we’ve gone beyond using energy-saving strategies at home to significantly limit bills. People now need government help“
An Ipsos UK survey published by Sky News on Tuesday indicated that 65% of Britons refrained from turning on their heat in an effort to save money, and one in four even avoided food.
The recent uptick that has pushed consumer prices to their current 40-year high was driven by rising energy bills. The energy price cap for a typical British household rose to £ 693 (about $ 860) in April, up 54%.
According to an analysis by the Resolution Foundation, a British think tank focuses on improving the living standards of low- to middle-income people, with inflation for the poorest tenth of British households at 10.2%, significantly higher than the 8.7% seen by the top 10%. .
“Inflationary pressures will continue to rise throughout the year as the impact of high energy prices continues to be felt through business and in the pockets of consumers.Jack Leslie, a senior economist at the agency, warned on Wednesday.
“One thing is for sure – at the end of the crisis, the government must provide more targeted assistance to those low-income families.He added.
More than three in four Britons agree with him. The Ipsos UK survey cited above shows that 76% of respondents agree that the government is not providing adequate assistance to families affected by rising costs.
Inflation in the UK was driven by the Covid epidemic, the ongoing Ukraine conflict and unprecedented sanctions on Russia. These measures appear to have backfired on a number of countries that have imposed sanctions, leading to skyrocketing prices of food, energy and other consumer goods.
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