Heating or eating and the impact of austerity – SPERI brief

Author: Hannah Lambie-Mumford (Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute) and Carolyn Snell (Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York).
Published: February 2016

SPERI’s latest British Political Economy Brief reveals the difficulty of low income households in the UK to afford sufficient food and fuel. The combination of growing food bank use, welfare cuts and rising energy bills has led to a high-profile political debate about food and fuel poverty in the UK, and the impact of austerity on low income households. Attention has focused on the choice between ‘heating or eating’ that many people are seen to face.


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