Worst food shortages in the UK


The North East and the East Midlands were hit particularly badly

17 percent of people in the UK struggled to buy essential food items in the last fortnight, according to a recent study.

Research conducted by delivery management experts Urbantz used new ONS data on goods shortages to analyse the percentage of people in Britain who were unable to access essential food between September 22 and October 3.

The North East and the East Midlands were the areas worst hit by food shortages, with 21 percent of people in those regions unable to buy essential food.

One in five (19%) Londoners were unable to purchase essential food items in the past two weeks – making London the second-worst place in the UK for food shortages, after the South East and the East Midlands.

One in six Londoners reported that when they went food shopping, items they needed were not available and they could not find a replacement, while half said that there was less variety of food in the shops than usual.

Another one in six London residents were also unable to purchase fuel in the last fortnight

UK food shortages by region

A Flourish data visualization

The South East and the East of England were the regions which struggled most with fuel shortages.

In the East of England, nearly a quarter of residents could not buy fuel, and in the South East, 22 percent of people were unable to access it – 57 percent higher than the national average of people unable to purchase fuel.

A spokesperson for Urbantz said: “With the country facing significant delivery of food and other essentials, it’s important to look at the experiences of families in the UK, and what they have dealt with in the past two weeks when trying to shop for food, medicine and fuel.

“The impact of the driver shortage is felt across the entire supply chain, all the way through to the last mile – where consumers are faced with fewer choices at checkout and longer delays on their deliveries due to retailers’ struggles to keep their warehouses stocked.”


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