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Eight million Britons unable to buy essential food items in last fortnight

According to data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), approximately one in six adults (17%) have been unable to purchase essential food items in the UK as they are not available.

Nearly 23% of respondents said the same situation exists for non-essential food items.

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The figures, which were based on a weighted count of 52,375,337 adults by the ONS, were revealed as separate estimates suggest that the fuel supply crisis is easing, with only a small number of areas suffering from petrol shortages.

The ONS estimates were based on the analysis of responses from 3,326 adults between the 22nd of September and 3rd of October as part of its Opinions and Lifestyles survey.

Of the people who were asked about their experiences of shortages over the past fortnight, 57% said that everything they needed was available to buy while 15% said they were unable to buy fuel.

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Six in ten of the respondents said that their food shopping experience had been different to usual, with 43% stating that there was a reduction in variety while 14% stated that they had to go to other shops to get what they needed.

20% of people said they were able to find a replacement for the items that they needed while a further 20% said they were unable to find a replacement.

This crisis comes amid a significant shortage of HGV drivers in the UK which has in part been triggered by Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic but primarily it’s an issue in regards to poor working conditions and pay for drivers, causing many of them to leave the industry.

IMAGE (right) – “PM Boris Johnson speaking at the opening of the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, 20 January 2020” is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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