An expert has warned the government that the UK “is not very far off civil unrest” as the cost of living is soaring and “anger brews” when “breadwinners cannot provide” for their families.
Martin Lewis who is one of the most trusted money experts in public life, that he is worried over the consequences as millions of families are struggling to pay for the most basic necessities.
Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph the MoneySavingExpert founder said that as inflation continues to skyrocket he is getting “scared for people.”
Lewis said, “We need to keep people fed.
“We need to keep them warm.
“If we get this wrong right now, then we get to the point where we start to risk civil unrest.
“When breadwinners cannot provide, anger brews and civil unrest brews – and I do not think we are very far off.
“I get all these messages from people tearing their hair out. They don’t know how to make things add up.”
He warned that food bills going up the energy price cap has been raised by Ofgem, global gas prices are increasing which is putting bills up by at least £700 a year, on top of all this petrol and diesel prices have hit a record high.
MoneySavingExpert’s advice on how to keep warm without using heating, Lewis said, “I feel slightly sick about doing it.
“We are talking hot water bottles in sleeping bags territory.
“This is one of the richest countries in the world.
“It’s pretty desperate, isn’t it?
“It is not an exaggeration to say that there are people we have to prevent freezing or starving.”
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in March a wide range of packages for families which included a £200 up front rebate for energy bills from October, along with a £150 council tax rebate for bands A to D.
However Sunak has been criticised for not going far enough and now we have a National Insurance increase.