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Panic buying: Which UK regions have the worst food shortages?

by LLB political Reporter
12th Oct 21 9:50 am

The East Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber and the North East have the worst food shortages in the entire UK, new research can reveal.

More than one in five people in the North East, East Midlands, and Yorkshire and the Humber were unable to buy essential food items over the last fortnight.

In the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber, 21 percent of residents were also unable to buy non-essential food items, and in the East Midlands this figure was 22 percent. In Yorkshire and the Humber, 9 percent reported of people buying less food due to shortages – a 50 percent increase from the previous fortnight.

The research, conducted by delivery management experts Urbantz, used new ONS data on goods shortages to analyse the percentage of people in different areas of the UK who were unable to access essential food between the 22nd of September and the 3rd of October.

The regions with the second-worst food shortages were London and the East of England. In London, almost one in five people could not access essential food items in the past fortnight and 12 percent reported buying less food than usual as a result of shortages.

In the East of England, 19 percent of people could not buy essential food, and 14 percent bought less food than usual because of shortages – the highest proportion of people who purchased less food in the entire UK.

On a UK-wide level, one in ten people reported buying less food as a result of goods shortages.

When it came to fuel shortages, the South East and the East of England were the regions which struggled most. 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.

A spokesperson for Urbantz, which conducted the research, 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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