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Food price rises 'will hit poorest hardest'

11 October 2012

Laura Sandys MP calls on Government and the private sector to support families with the rising cost of food

Laura Sandys, MP for South Thanet, has again called on the Government and the private sector to implement urgent measures to support UK families with rising food prices. The need was today heightened as the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) reported that wheat yields in England were down by 15% due to a wet summer. Analysts are reporting this is set to further drive up the cost of staples such as bread.

Laura said: “Today’s report by the NFU reaffirms the urgent need to put the consumer at the very heart of policy-making. With those on benefits, low income families and pensioners having to bear the brunt of increasing food prices, Government needs to put in place measures to support families to become more resilient to manage the rising cost of living. It cannot be right that UK consumers’ weekly shop has increased by 6.4% - double the EU average.

“I have established the Smarter Consumer Commission with support from experts across the food industry. Through our analysis we have identified ten key policies for Government to adopt that would help families manage on a budget and feed their families for less. Making food education compulsory across all age groups; being honest with consumers that prices are rising; cracking down on supermarket rip-offs; and monitoring food affordability would all make a real difference. It’s high time we placed consumers at the heart of our food policy to help families manage on a budget.”

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