These areas in the UK are worst hit by rising cost of groceries

Consumer watchdog reveals areas of the UK struggling most with access to affordable food.

Top 30 areas in the UK worst hit by the rising cost of groceries
Top 30 areas in the UK worst hit by the rising cost of groceries

A recent report by consumer watchdog Which? has detailed the 30 areas in the UK which are struggling most in the cost of living crisis with regards to affordable food. The Priority Places for Food Index, created by Which? and the University of Leeds, has ranked local areas by the likelihood of people needing extra support with their groceries.

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In the report, which was released on Tuesday, the watchdog called on supermarkets to do more to help customers who are most in need.

Hardest hit

Top 30 areas in the UK worst hit by the rising cost of groceries Bloomberg - Getty Images

Amongst those on the list are communities in Birmingham, Merseyside and Sunderland, as per the Independent:

According to the index, England’s North East is the worst impacted, with 45 percent of local areas ‘in dire need of extra support’ because of relatively poor access to online shopping deliveries.

Birmingham Hodge Hill is considered the area most in need - with 100% of its local areas in need of extra support.

Factors at play include low income, limited access to affordable food and online shopping delivery not being available in certain deprived areas. All of these factors contribute towards people not being able to find healthy and affordable food.

10-point plan

The consumer group has drawn up a 10-point plan for supermarkets that will include making sure prices on shelves are more clear and easy to understand. They also urged supermarkets to do more to make healthy budget lines more widely available and consider giving targeted promotions to areas that need it most.

Michelle Morris, associate professor of nutrition and lifestyle analytics at the University of Leeds, commented, as per Sky News:

With so many people in the UK already suffering from food insecurity and the cost of living crisis making that much worse, we need to do all that we can to support those most in need to access affordable, healthy and sustainable foods.

Previous Which? research has found that many people have been forced to change their shopping habits as a result of inflation and rising costs. Reports showed that millions had started skipping meals and turning to food banks to help feed themselves and their families, as per Sky News.

Top 30 areas most in need of help

Birmingham, Hodge Hill: West Midlands

Knowsley, Merseyside: North West

Houghton and Sunderland South: North East

Birmingham, Northfield: West Midlands

Birmingham, Perry Barr: West Midlands

Blackley and Broughton: North West

Bradford South: Yorkshire and The Humber

North West Durham: North East

Blaydon: North East

Bishop Auckland: North East

Birmingham, Yardley: West Midlands

Bolsover: East Midlands

Birmingham, Hall Green: West Midlands

Don Valley: Yorkshire and The Humber

Bradford West: Yorkshire and The Humber

Liverpool, West Derby: North West

Wolverhampton North East: West Midlands

Bradford East: Yorkshire and The Humber

Easington: North East

South West Norfolk: East

Birmingham, Erdington: West Midlands

Rochdale:  North West

St Helens South and Whiston: North West

Barnsley East: Yorkshire and The Humber

Louth and Horncastle: East Midlands

Huddersfield: Yorkshire and The Humber

St Ives: South West

Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough: Yorkshire and The Humber

Wolverhampton South East: West Midlands

Doncaster North: Yorkshire and The Humber

Sources used:

- The Independent 'Top 30 areas most in need of help to access affordable food'

- Sky News 'Cost of living: The areas most likely to struggle with access to affordable food'

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