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One in five borrow to feed family in North West

Lancashire Telegraph: One in five borrow to feed family in North West One in five borrow to feed family in North West

ALMOST one in five people in the North West borrowed money for food last month, a new report has revealed.

The Debt Advisory Centre said there had been a three-fold rise in those taking on debt to feed themselves and their families since summer.

The national figures showed 9.4 million borrowed cash in February compared to just three million in July.

Eve Gattei, who runs Oswaldtwistle Foodbank, advised anyone considering borrowing money to pay for food to first see if they are eligible for food vouchers.

She said: “I’m not surprised by this at all. Wages are staying the same but food prices are going up. We have various leaflets here which advise about getting help with debt problems, but how do people get food if they can’t afford it?”

Borrowing money to cover food shopping was most common in London, where 26 per cent of respondents revealed they had done so, but the North West was not far behind with 18 per cent.

The data showed that borrowing cash to pay for food was most common among young people, as it was eight months ago. However, while 18 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds said they had done this last July, this climbed to 34 per cent last month.

The percentage of 25 to 34-year-olds who said they borrowed to pay the grocery bill doubled from 11 per cent to 23 per cent over the same period, and the proportion of 35 to 44-year-olds increased more than three-fold, from six per cent to 22 per cent.

Ian Williams, of the Debt Advisory Centre, said: “It’s very worrying that people have to borrow to pay for food at all, but the fact this figure is rising so sharply is a real cause for concern.

The Lancashire Telegraph has a ‘Back our Foodbank’ campaign to encourage readers to give food donations.

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12:59pm Fri 14 Mar 14

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1:38pm Fri 14 Mar 14

ste220 says...

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3:34pm Fri 14 Mar 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

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3:34pm Fri 14 Mar 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

ste220 wrote:
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Whats up ste need a loan do we . I charge a very competitive rate you know. :-).
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8:25am Sat 15 Mar 14

jenkinsroy says...

COME on David and all your rich mates in parliament
One in five borrow to feed family in North West
we need HELP after you and your rich mates in parliament
after all your CUTS .
so when you go for your 11% rise we have NOT given you
after all we pay your wages .??
so I reckon all you in government can put something into
the pot for the poor and old with out food that you & your
party have created.
or if you will not put anything in how about giving the cheque
that you gave Ukraine for the needy that will help a lot
after all you should be looking after us here first
DO YOU NOT THINK ????
COME on David and all your rich mates in parliament One in five borrow to feed family in North West we need HELP after you and your rich mates in parliament after all your CUTS . so when you go for your 11% rise we have NOT given you after all we pay your wages .?? so I reckon all you in government can put something into the pot for the poor and old with out food that you & your party have created. or if you will not put anything in how about giving the cheque that you gave Ukraine for the needy that will help a lot after all you should be looking after us here first DO YOU NOT THINK ???? jenkinsroy
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