Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015

The Shameful State the UK has become

Guardian: Food bank use tops million mark over the past year

"Recorded food bank use in the UK rose to record levels over in the past 12 months, challenging claims that the dividends of Britain’s economic recovery are being equally shared."
"Experts warned that the figures were the “tip of the iceberg” of food poverty in the UK, while doctors said the inability of families to buy enough food had become a public health issue."

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1. mark said...

food prices are still being hit with high levels of inflation, whilst not initially obvious to the average customer, pack sizes are falling weekly whilst staying same price per pack

not sure who in government fudges the inflation figures they are not true by any means, someone should be brought to justice

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 01:32PM Report Comment

2. doomwatch said...

@1. That would be the ONS; an executive office of the UK Statistics Authority, a non-ministerial department which reports directly to the UK Parliament.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 04:20PM Report Comment

3. cyril said...

Playing about with the basket if goods is a good trick. This year flavoured milk has been added and hardwoord flooring taken out.
If you look at items that haven't changed much over time you get an idea of 'real' inflation. A pint of lager (in a pub) has gone up 2000% since 1973 - that's beat houses over the same period.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 06:38PM Report Comment

4. mark said...

anyone want to buy a party 7 lager tin full- only £50,000 lol

I know it is ONS, however someone in there is fudging figures and working with the corrupt government

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 09:21AM Report Comment

5. nickb said...

Go to your high street grocer if you still have one. works out cheaper than the supermarket for me every time.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 10:07AM Report Comment

6. pete green said...

The pint of larger in the pub reflects the location value of the the land under the pub as paid in rent. But we must compare apples with oranges as the pint of larger is probably twice the strength and therefore the duty has gone up. All things being equal I bet there is a strong correlation of rental values of the land which the pubs are situated and the increase in the price of a pint.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 11:40AM Report Comment

7. Publican said...

Its got naff all to do with location value of the land. If anything the pub rents or buying costs have gone down as pub after pub becomes uneconomic. People don't realise that more than £1 of the cost of a pint in a pub is VAT and duty. Another 30p goes on wages and another 50p goes on upkeep of the pub and heating, cleaning etc.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 12:49PM Report Comment

8. mark said...


beer and lager are lower in alcohol than ever, all I can find locally is 4% or less, local council forced shops to withdraw all stronger better tasting ones off the shelf, hmm sure there is something in EU rights that would fight this, who has money to start the battle

councils and supermarkets are busily taking away choice, I would love to have a local butchers and grocers, so much better and cheaper.

time to brew our own I feel

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 03:33PM Report Comment

9. pete green said...

In 1970 it was about 2.5% In the 80s about 3.5% and 90s about 5% seamed the norm. I have no idea at rhe moment. I like Leffe at the moment but at home.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 08:19PM Report Comment

10. reticent said...

Lagers generally got stronger over the years but the premium mainline ones (kronenbourg etc.) have come down a bit recently. Stella was 5.2% until about 10 years ago but joined the others at 5% presumably to counter its bad reputation and then they all dropped to 4.8%, presumably to increase profits by reducing their tax liability. Supposedly there are tons of 2.3% beers now because the tax reduces significantly below that threshold.

Nowadays everyone seems to be drinking craft beers and ales which cost 2-3x as much but contain slightly more alcohol.

Leffe blonde is 6.8% I think. A good drop but the microbreweries outdo it IMHO (especially Brewdog). That said, when it's £2 for 750ml in Tesco, I fill the larder.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 09:31AM Report Comment

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