Going under and without

Think tank: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Author(s): Rachelle Earwaker

December 14, 2022

This report from UK think tank Joseph Rowntree Foundation is their cost of living tracker for winter 2022/23.

This new research highlights that low-income households’ finances continue to buckle under the pressure of the cost of living crisis, as 7.2 million are going without the basics, and 4.7 million are behind on their bills. We find that it is households on the very lowest incomes who are struggling the most, with three quarters of those in the bottom 20% of incomes going without food or other basic essentials like clothing or toiletries. People on Universal Credit (UC), private renters and young adults are all seeing rising and worrying levels of hardship. JRF is calling on the Government to do the right thing and fill the gaps left by the Autumn Statement so that people across the UK aren’t building up debt and going without the basics.