5m families 'cut back on food for house payments'

A charity has warned that more than five million families with children cut back on food last year as they struggled to stay in their homes.

Less than half of households with children scaled back on their food shopping, equating to 5.5 million if the figures were projected nationally, Shelter said.

Around five million cut back on food costs to meet rent or mortgage payments Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire

More than a quarter said they had reduced their use of gas or electricity, to help meet rent or mortgage payments.

As wages stagnate, rents have soared due to a strong demand in the rental sector, as would-be home buyers have struggled to get access to a mortgage.

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5m families 'cut back on food'

More than five million families with children cut back on food in 2012 as they struggled to stay in their homes, according to new research by housing charity Shelter.