1 in 5 workers are skipping meals to make ends meet


“Working people need a government that will get pay rising and rebuild Britain.”

Frances O’Grady, TUC

A TUC poll has found the number of people missing out on meals due to a lack of money has increased by more than half in two years. The TUC poll also found that during the past year:

  • One in five (19 per cent) workers went without heating when it was cold
  • One in 10 (10 per cent) could not pay their rent or mortgage on time
  • One in five (20 per cent) had pawned or sold something because they were short of money

Frances O’Grady, TUC general secretary, said: “Having a job should mean you can provide a decent life for your family. But after a decade of low pay, rising insecurity and public spending cuts, millions of working people are struggling to afford even the basics.

“Any responsible Prime Minister would be urgently dealing with Britain’s cost of living crisis. But instead Boris Johnson is threatening to make things much worse by forcing through a no-deal Brexit.

“He must stop playing games with people’s livelihoods and rule out no-deal once and for all. Working people need a government that will get pay rising and rebuild Britain.”

Margaret Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary,added:

“This damning evidence shows the reality of life on low pay for millions of workers who struggle to make ends meet.

“Labour will ban zero hour contracts, introduce a real living wage of at least £10 an hour and invest in the economy to create decent jobs and end the scandal of in-work poverty.”

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