Working families without enough money to afford food

Frank Field MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger, asked Ipsos to survey British adults on how often they and their household do not have enough money to buy food.

Frank Field MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger, asked Ipsos to survey the public on how often they find that their household does not have enough money to buy enough food to feed themselves. The results of the survey show:

  • Every week, 3% of people in work find themselves and their household without enough money to afford food.
  • Every few weeks, an additional 1% of people in work find themselves and their household without enough money to afford food.
  • Every few months, an additional 4% of people in work find themselves and their household without enough money to afford food.

The survey also finds that workers on zero-hours contracts are more likely to not have enough money to buy food:

  • Every week, 4% of those workers on zero-hours contracts find themselves and their household without enough money to afford food.
  • Every few weeks, an additional 5% of zero-hours workers find themselves and their household without enough money to afford food.
  • Every few months, a further 11% per cent of zero-hours workers find themselves and their household without enough money to afford food.

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Technical note

Interviews were carried out on Capibus, Ipsos’s face to face omnibus survey. A sample of 929 GB adults aged 19+ were interviewed in their homes between 15th and 25th July 2016.

Interviews for this particular survey were carried out using a self-completion CAPI (Computer Aided Personal Interviewing) methodology. Participants were initially taught how to use the CAPI software, and then answered the questions themselves. Data have been weighted by age, region, social grade and working status of the participant (all within gender) as well as household tenure and respondent ethnicity to the known population profile of adults aged 19+ in Great Britain.

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