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One in four Londoners unable to buy essential food in past fortnight, study says

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One in four people living in London were unable to purchase essential food items in the last fortnight, study has found (PA Wire)
One in four people living in London were unable to purchase essential food items in the last fortnight, study has found (PA Wire)

One in four Londoners were unable to buy essential food items in past two weeks, a survey has suggested.

As many as 23 per cent of people living in the capital could not access non-essential goods, data released by the Office for National Statistics has found. 

There was less choice of products, with one quarter of Londoners saying the items they needed were not available and they could not find a replacement while shopping.

Meanwhile, almost half (47 per cent) reported there was less variety of goods in the shops than usual.

Food shortages in London were 43 per cent higher than the national average in the past two weeks and one in nine Londoners reported buying less food as a result of shortages.

After London which was found to be the region with worst food shortages in the UK, Wales was the region with the second-worst food shortages. One in five people unable to purchase essential food in Wales.

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A spokesperson for Next Day Delivery, which conducted the study, said: “With the country facing significant delays in the delivery of food and other essentials, the experiences of families in the UK – particularly in London, where food shortages are hitting hardest – give us a clear picture of how the situation is impacting our everyday lives.

“With Christmas approaching, the pressure will be on to resolve the various supply chain issues (including driver vacancies and CO2 shortages) so that warehouses can remain stocked and consumers can purchase the essential products they need.”

More than a third of Londoners were not able to purchase petrol for their cars in the past two weeks due to fuel shortages, according to the research.

It comes as the average UK petrol price reached a record high of 142.94p a litre on Sunday while diesel is a little off its all-time time, according to the AA. 

However the South East experienced the worst fuel shortages in the country.

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