THE COST of a family-owned weekly store has skyrocketed over the past year, with UK staples like sausages, eggs and apples seeing steep price increases.
It comes as millions of Britons risk losing Â£ 20 a week as the government withdraws pandemic support from those receiving benefits.
The end of the increase in universal credit comes just as millions of people face rising costs in what has been described as a âperfect stormâ and a cost-of-living crisis.
Energy bills will rise after a huge increase in wholesale prices, which has also led several energy companies to go out of business, pushing up prices for customers further.
And the prices of food and other goods are also on the rise as inflation has skyrocketed, compounded by supply chain issues and a shortage of truck drivers.
A study by MailOnline has shown that over the past year, many favorite British dishes have already skyrocketed.
Their analysis shows that out of 53 elements of a Tesco boutique delivered on March 7, 2020, 12 items have increased in price.
One of the biggest price hikes has seen a five-pack of Tesco Braeburn apples drop from just 69 pence before the pandemic to Â£ 1.60.
Meanwhile, a six-pack of organic mixed-size eggs now costs Â£ 1.80 – down from a year ago it was just Â£ 1.25.
Tesco Finest 12 Pork British Chipolatas 375g has seen its price increase by 60p, up to Â£ 2.60.
Some 12 of 45 items from a Sainsbury’s store delivered on March 10, 2020, have since increased in price.
In just one year, prices for Yorkshire Gold tea bags have skyrocketed, hitting Â£ 5.75 for 160, from Â£ 4.50 before the pandemic.
Sainsbury’s Braeburn apples have also gotten more expensive – they now sell for Â£ 1.60 instead of Â£ 1.35.
The government yesterday launched a new Â£ 500million fund for local authorities to give to those in need of food, clothing and help to cover their bills.
Households will be able to apply for the new money from their council starting in October, and it will be up to each council to decide how much money people can get – and how they ask for the help.
Tesco declined to comment.
But sources from the supermarket giant told MailOnline they are working with suppliers to ensure prices are kept low for customers in the months to come.
A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s said: “We are committed to providing our customers with the best quality and value possible, every time they buy from us.”