New analysis from Plymouth Labour reveals a staggering 23,283 adults in the city have gone without food and 41,910 are already falling behind on household bills..
The figures come ahead of this Friday’s mini-budget, which takes place as the pound hits a 37-year low against the dollar, and real wages have fallen for nine months in a row.
The analysis builds on the research from the debt charity, Money Advice Trust, which found one in five adults in the UK have fallen behind on at least one household bill and one in nine have gone without eating.
Publishing the analysis, Plymouth Labour’s deputy leader, Cllr Jemima Laing, said:
“After 12 years of Conservative rule, our country is in crisis. It is beyond shocking that 23,283 adults have gone without food in our city .
“Coupled with the fact that 41,910 are falling behind on their bills in Plymouth, it’s clear that almost everyone is finding this tough at the moment. So it is staggering that the Conservative’ plans to deal with the cost of living appear to be lifting the cap on bankers bonuses and resisting a windfall tax on the bumper profits of oil and gas companies – meaning higher tax and borrowing for the rest of us.
“After more than a decade in power the Conservatives have delivered nothing for the people of Plymouth except low growth, high tax, and collapsing public services.”