Two-thirds of Britons worried about being able to afford food
The true extent of the cost of living crisis on British families is laid bare in a new poll showing that two-thirds of people are worried about being able to afford everyday essentials such as food and fuel.
More than half of Britons say they have become worse off in the past year, while a similar proportion believe their finances will get even worse in the coming 12 months, the survey by BMG Research for i reveals.
As the effect of soaring inflation continues to bite, the cost of living is the number one issue of concern for people, with 79 per cent citing it as important.
At the weekend, Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak attempted to reassure householders that help with the cost of living was coming, with the rise in the National Insurance threshold on Wednesday from £9,880 to £12,570 saving up to £330 a year for 30 million workers.
However, Britons have a gloomy outlook on their personal finances, after April’s increase in National Insurance and energy bills.
The poll showed that 67 per cent of Britons are worried about their household’s ability to pay for bills to cover everyday essentials such as food, diesel or petrol, gas and electricity, while 32 per cent said they were not worried.
A total of 56 per cent of Britons believe their household finances have got worse in the previous 12 months, while just 11 per cent think they have improved and 33 per cent believe they are about the same.
A total of 53 per cent think their household finances will be worse in the coming 12 months, just 12 per cent think they will be better and 34 per cent believe they will be about the same.
Besides the cost of living, 54 per cent of Britons cited the economy as important, 54 per cent said the NHS, 52 per cent the war in Ukraine and 36 per cent the covid pandemic.
Some 35 per cent said the environment was important, 31 per cent immigration, 31 per cent housing, 29 per cent education and 29 per cent crime.
When forced to choose just one issue, 53 per cent of Britons said the cost of living, with the war in Ukraine trailing far behind on nine per cent, eight per cent for the economy and six per cent for the NHS.
More than half of people – 51 per cent – blame rising fuel and energy costs for rising inflation, which is currently at nine per cent. Some 43 per cent blame the war in Ukraine, 25 per cent say it is the effects of Brexit, and 20 per cent say it is the failure of the Government to intervene against soaring prices..