The United Kingdom and surrounding communities have a lot going on.
Many nations, such as Britain and France, have made moves to sweep illegal immigration under the rug as it spirals out of control. Several of these moves involve sticking asylum seekers in rural communities. This comes despite locals reporting safety issues amid the arrival of migrants.
At the same time, the United Kingdom is also struggling with egg shortages, due to the ongoing bird flu. Between this and inflation, supermarkets are having to make hard choices that are negatively impacting the lives of everyday people.
Rationing and Reducing Food Supplies
Because the supply of eggs is low amid high demand, United Kingdom supermarkets have started rationing them out. On top of this, fish and meat costs are rising amid inflation throughout countries.
In the United Kingdom, it turns out the largest causes of inflation are money sent to Ukraine, along with COVID-19 lockdowns that were put into effect. At this rate, it is likely to take impacted nations quite sometime before they climb out of this financial hole.
📢News of the day:
• Rising household energy bills and food prices have pushed British inflation to a 41-year high.
• The United Kingdom is seeing its highest inflation not seen since October 1981.
— Current Affairs by Testbook (@Testbook_CA) November 18, 2022
Meanwhile, individuals with the scarcest resources are feeling the burn of rising prices and food rationing. Many families are having to limit the amount of food they purchase, even if this increases the likelihood of going hungry.
With grocery stores becoming more unaffordable for the middle and poorer classes, folks in the United Kingdom are relying upon food banks to avoid starvation. According to The Guardian, food banks have seen major upticks in demand since just April 2022.
Wages Are Not Cutting It
Officials in the United Kingdom report that even individuals who are working full-time cannot escape serious problems spanning across nations. This is because inflation is far surpassing wages, dooming many working folks to fall behind.
Low-income individuals are definitely in dire predicaments, with survival becoming harder and harder. According to a recent projection from Goldman Sachs, inflation in the United Kingdom is expected to last for years on end.
Nurses in the United Kingdom to go on strike for the first time in history. With a pay cut of up to 20% over the last 10 years, they're saying enough is enough and are asking for a pay rise of 5% above inflation rate. They are turning their anger into action.
— Birgit Uwaila Umaigba 🇳🇬 (@birgitomo) November 11, 2022
Some businesses report working with the government to minimize the negative impacts people are facing. Though between the bird flu, inflation, and lower access to necessary goods, there is only so much the United Kingdom can do without making matters even worse.