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More than one in five Scots starving due to lack of cash, survey finds

More than a fifth of people in Scotland have gone a day without eating because they are too poor to buy food, according to a Citizens Advice Scotland survey.The survey of more than 2,600 people found 21% had not eaten for a day due to lack of money.Results suggested many working people are struggling to afford food.Just under half (45%) of respondents were employed and of these one in three (29%) reported having to reduce or skip meals because they lacked money for food.A total of 40% of working respondents worried about running out of food before having money to buy more and 35% said they are struggling to afford to eat balanced meals.This rose to 45% of all those who completed the survey, employed and unemployed, worrying about running out of food before having funds to replace it.Researchers found 23% of people had had to skip meals so that their children could eat.More than a fifth (21%) of people considered fresh fruit to be unaffordable.The survey questioned people on levels of food insecurity (CAS/PA)Citizen s Advice Scotland Chief Executive Derek Mitchell said he was shocked at some of the figures. For some people going hungry is the norm that s just not right, he said. This study shows that many working people in Scotland are struggling to afford to buy food, and in 2018 this is simply unacceptable. He added: Citizens Advice Bureaux in Scotland have seen a 202% rise in demand for advice on food and food banks in the last five years. That s an enormous rise and points to a real crisis in terms of the money in people s pockets not going far enough. A total of 2,651 completed the survey in September or October 2018, around half online and half on paper by people seeking advice from Citizens Advice Scotland or partner agencies.(function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i[ GoogleAnalyticsObject ]=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document, script , //www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js , ga ); ga( create , UA-72310761-1 , auto , { name : pacontentapi }); ga( pacontentapi.set , referrer , location.origin); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension1 , By Laura Paterson, Political Reporter, Press Association Scotland ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension2 , 5cfe5f80-2733-45ce-8d20-42df5e22654b ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension3 , paservice:news,paservice:news:uk ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension6 , story ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension7 , composite ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension8 , null); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension9 , null); ga( pacontentapi.send , pageview , { location : location.href, page : (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), title : More than one in five Scots starving due to lack of cash, survey finds });

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