Britain's cheapest supermarket

Britain's cheapest supermarket opens this December in Barnsley - stocked with cut-price food other stores have thrown out. The UK's first 'social supermarket' will be open to shoppers with membership cards whose income falls below a set threshold.

Report: Britain's cheapest supermarket to open in South Yorkshire

Britain's first shop stocking only food other supermarkets have thrown out is set to open in a former Yorkshire mining village to help families on the breadline.

Prices at the new so-called "social supermarket" at Goldthorpe in the Dearne Valley are up to 70 per cent off - they're aimed at people on benefits and the shop isn't open to the general public.

Some say it's a depressing sign of the times, but the Government insists it is taking action to help families with the cost of living. The store doesn't officially open until next Monday, but Calendar's David Hirst was today allowed a sneak preview of what shoppers can expect.

Government reacts to 'social supermarket'

As it's revealed a supermarket is to open in South Yorkshire specifically for people on benefits the Government has told Calendar it is taking action to help families including increasing the tax-free personal allowance, freezing council tax and freezing fuel duty.

The Government has taken action to help families with the cost of living, including increasing the tax-free personal allowance to £10,000 which will save a typical taxpayer over £700, freezing council tax for five years and freezing fuel duty.

The benefits system supports millions of people who are on low incomes or unemployed. In fact, our welfare reforms will improve the lives of some of the poorest families in our communities with the Universal Credit making three million households better off - the majority of these from the bottom two fifths of the income scale.

– Government spokesperson

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200 families join 'social supermarket' pilot scheme

Organisers of Britain's first "social supermarket" in South Yorkshire say around 200 families have joined the pilot scheme.

The shelves have been fully stocked with food other stores have thrown out. It's backers say there are already plans to open another 20 supermarkets around the UK. Membership cards are being issued only to families below a certain income threshold.

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