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Food prices increase again

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The rising cost of living will lead to a “significant humanitarian crisis”
Issue 2821
Looking over a supermarket as food prices rise

Supermarket prices are set to rise even further, pushing many into deep poverty (Picture: Alex Liivet)

People already battered by a 9 percent rise in food prices are bracing themselves for even more expensive shopping. Food bosses are warning that the price of carbon dioxide has tripled in a week—and they’ll pass the costs onto the customer. The gas is used to slaughter animals, in packaging, and as an ingredient.

Carbon dioxide last week cost £1,000 a tonne. It’s now as much as £4,500 a tonne. Last year it cost just £200 a tonne. Ranjit Singh Boparan, owner of 2 Sisters and Bernard Matthews food companies said “food security is under threat and the shopper loses.

“Carbon dioxide suppliers are, in effect, holding consumers hostage.” So he is going to make us all pay. The poorest will  suffer most as supermarket bosses shift costs mainly onto the cheaper ranges.

After-school care costs soar

Parents are being squeezed by extortionate rates for after-school childcare. Coram children’s charity says families were paying £2,537 for after school care—50 percent more than the cost for the same care in 2010. Coupled with higher food prices and soaring bills, it leaves parents unable to afford childcare.

And it comes alongside drastically inflated costs for summer childcare and early years childcare. Bridget Phillipson, Labour’s shadow education secretary, said, “As parents battle rising costs of living, soaring childcare costs are making life ever harder for families. For many the return to school simply means yet more bills for parents to pay.”

Cold homes will lead to serious health problems

We’re heading for a “significant humanitarian crisis” this winter, warn health experts. Children will die as a result of cold homes, while others will be left with damaged lungs and brain development, said a review by respiratory experts.

Professor Ian Sinha, a respiratory consultant at Liverpool’s Alder Hey children’s hospital said he had “no doubt” that cold homes would cost children’s lives this winter. For children with asthma, lung function worsens with every degree drop in indoor temperature below 9 degrees, the World Health Organisation found.

The impact of cold environments on young lungs will also lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema and bronchitis for others in adulthood. Yet some parents simply won’t be able to turn the heating on.

Some 53 million people are forecast to face fuel poverty by January 2023—a level where people are unable to afford to heat their homes to an adequate temperature. And Sir Michael Marmot, director of University College London’s Institute of Health Equity said “It’s simply insupportable in Britain in the 21st century to have so many people that are fuel insecure. The government needs to act, and act right now. It’s clear we are facing a significant humanitarian crisis.”

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