Fifth of UK households borrowed money or used savings to cover food costs
One in five UK households, or the equivalent of five million households, borrowed money or used savings to cover food costs in April, according to a survey.
- The figures defy official statistics released last week that showed personal bankruptcies had dropped to a 5-year low.
- The households who used savings, or borrowed money to pay for food, were mostly low income families. Among this group:
- 82% worried about food prices
- 55% said they were likely to cut back on food spending in the next few months
- 57% said they found it difficult to cope on their current income
- 32% borrowed money from friends and family in April, said the report.
The executive director of “Which?”, the organization that carried out the survey, said: “Our tracker shows that many households are stretched to their financial breaking point, with rising food prices one of the top worries for squeezed consumers.
“It’s simply shocking that so many people need to use savings or credit to pay for essentials like food.”
Image of the Week
Crates of pesticides and fertilizer at a strawberry farm are destroyed as a raging brush fire pushes towards the coast, in Camarillo (Ventura County, SoCal) May 2, 2013. The so-called Springs Fire was just under 60 percent contained, as of posting. Credit: Reuters/Gene Blevins
Israel strikes Syria again
Israeli jets bombed Syria on Sunday, rocking Damascus for several hours and sending columns of flame into the night sky.
- Syrian state television reported that the bombing that occurred around a military research facility at Jamraya had caused ‘many civilian casualties and widespread damage’ and quoted a letter from the foreign minister to the United Nations saying: ‘The blatant Israeli aggression has the aim to provide direct military support to the terrorist groups after they failed to control territory.’”
Death toll from Bangladesh factory collapse reaches 610
The death toll from Dhaka factory collapse climbed to 610 on Sunday after the authorities pulled dozens of bodies from the wreckage of Rana Plaza, the eight-story building that housed five garment factories.
- The toll is expected to rise further, an official told reporters.
Chinese no longer trust the Red Cross!
Many people in China no longer trust the Red Cross Society and refused to donate through the organization because the charity’s image has been seriously damaged by a series of scandals, said a report.
In contrast to making generous donations through the Red Cross after the earthquake in Wenchuan 5 years ago, many people choose to donate to other charities, or contributed nothing, after the recent Lushan quake.
[Search blog content for the role of Red Cross in disappearance of donations after 911 and Haiti quake.]
DISASTER CALENDAR – May 5, 2013 —
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,042 Days Left
Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.
- SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,042 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human History
- The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …
- WARNING: Human impact 2.85 x Earth’s diminishing carrying capacity
- WARNING: RAPID PLANETARY DECLINE IN PROGRESS!
- Europe: The First Phase of Collapse Has Started
- United States: The First Phase of Collapse Has Begun
Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background
- The First Wave of World’s Collapsing Cities
- Back to the Primordial Future
- The Fate of Energy Dinosaurs
- Mass Die-offs