Energy, rent and food take up to 60 per cent of lower income homes, wages
SOARING energy, rent and food bills now take up 60 per cent of struggling households’ weekly wages, figures show.
People on low salaries are forced to pay far more as a proportion of their wages.
With the cost of living again starting to spiral and inflation on the rise, the record figure leaves little for other bills — such as travel costs, clothes or saving up for a holiday.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation analysis for The Sun heaps pressure on the Government to act to control bills.
And it comes as the PM prepares to unveil her crackdown on rip-off energy firms.
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JRF researchers found the 5.5 million lowest income households have a weekly disposable income of £241. Of that, £80 goes on rent, £39 on food, and £19 on gas and electricity.
The Sun has long campaigned against the energy giants.
The Foundation’s chief exec Campbell Robb said: “It is time the least well-off stopped paying over the odds for essential goods and services.”