Research finds parents cutting back on food to pay for housing costs

  • Research by homelessness charity Shelter has found that over a third of parents are cutting back on food to pay for their housing costs.

    The survey, undertaken by YouGov, found that 36.7% of working adults with children under the age of eighteen had reduced the amount of money they spent on food, to keep up with payments on their homes, reports Inside Housing. Can With Opener

    Over 10% of parents who responded to the poll said that they or their partner had skipped meals to help pay for housing costs, whilst another 12.9% had delayed buying their children new shoes.

    Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: "No parent should be forced to choose between putting food on the table and paying for the roof over their children's heads. These shocking figures show that millions of us are having to make these kind of agonising choices every day. Sky-high housing costs and cuts to support are leaving many families trapped on a financial knife-edge. Every day at Shelter we see the proof that right now just one piece of bad luck, like a sudden job loss or illness, could tip any of us into a spiral that ends in homelessness."

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