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More than half of these on Universal Credit “ran out of food” over the last month.

A survey from an anti-poverty charity discovered greater than 52% of individuals claiming advantages are behind on payments and credit score commitments or are discovering it a continuing battle to maintain up with them, a survey for the Trussell Trust discovered.

Over two-fifths – round 42% – stated they’re behind with a number of family payments.

The YouGov analysis amongst Universal Credit recipients, carried out from January 18 to February 5, discovered that one in eight (12%) had used a meals financial institution within the earlier month whereas 55% had run out of meals up to now month and couldn’t afford extra.

More than a fifth (22%) of Universal Credit recipients had been unable to cook dinner sizzling meals up to now three months as they might not afford to make use of their oven or different utilities.

Just over 1 / 4 (26%) have missed an important appointment, akin to visiting the physician or travelling to work, as a result of they might not afford the price of transport up to now three months.

Some 43% of individuals reported being unable to maintain their house heat this winter.

Temporary measures such because the cost-of-living funds have helped individuals on the bottom incomes however they’ve solely supplied short-term respite, the Trussell Trust stated.

It is urging the UK Government to introduce an “essentials guarantee” so the essential price of Universal Credit is at all times sufficient to cowl life’s necessities and assist can by no means be pulled beneath that stage.

Emma Revie, chief govt of the Trussell Trust, stated: “Food banks do all they can to support people in their communities but charities alone can’t take the place of a social security system that should support any of us who have fallen on hard times and need help.”

YouGov surveyed greater than 1,300 people who find themselves claiming Universal Credit.

James Taylor, govt director of technique at incapacity equality charity Scope, stated: “Life costs a lot more when you’re disabled, and many disabled people have no choice but to rely on benefits for income.

“At Scope, we are hearing from disabled people who are going days without eating, using candles instead of lights and rationing the use of wheelchairs to save power.”

A Government spokesperson stated: “We are providing £104 billion in cost-of-living living support worth on average £3,700 per household, including investing over £2 billion into the household support fund to help those in most need, and almost £800 million has been paid out to families with children so far.

“Since 2010 there are 1.7 million fewer people living in absolute poverty, and we know work is the best route out of poverty, so we’re going even further, raising the national living wage, cutting national insurance, curbing inflation and investing billions through our back to work plan to break down barriers to work so even more people can secure long-term financial security.”