in five workers has skipped meals over the past year to make
ends meet, according to research by the Trades Union Congress. When
asked the same question two years ago, one in eight respondents said
they had gone without food because they were short of money.
year almost a fifth said they have gone without heating because they
were unable to pay for it, while a similar proportion said they had
pawned or sold possessions to pay the bills.
per cent said they would not be able to pay an unexpected £500 bill
– up from 24 per cent in 2017.
of respondents said their biggest concern about work was that
their pay was not keeping up with living costs, while one
in 10 said they had been unable to pay their rent or mortgage on
figures highlight a “toxic mix” of insecure work, low pay and
weak wage growth that has hurt living standards for millions of
Britons, the TUC
week, debt charity Step Change said it had received a record 331,000
calls to its helpline in the first half of the year, including a
“worrying” proportion of callers who were falling into debt due
to reduced income, illness or because they rely on credit to pay for
day-to-day living expenses.
rose to an average of £15,880 per household in the first
quarter of 2019 – a £1,160 increase on a year earlier, an analysis
by the TUC published earlier this month found.
O’Grady, TUC’s 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