Have your say on the cost of food

Cropfood survey

People who are worried about Brexit cite the cost of food and other essentials as their main concern

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19th September 2018 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

Scotland’s consumers are being asked to take part in a national survey on issues relating to food - including cost, choice and access.

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is leading the survey, as it publishes new research showing that one third of Scots sometimes go without food because they can’t afford it.

And two thirds of those who are worried about Brexit cite the cost of food and other essentials as their main concern.    

CAS chief executive Derek Mitchell said: “CAB clients often tell us how hard it is for them to put food on the table. Cost is certainly a major concern, but it is not the only one. We also hear from people who find it hard to access quality food, due to their location or the lack of choice in their area.

“We thought this would be an excellent time to give Scots a chance to talk about their experience as shoppers and consumers of food. We will use the survey results to bring the voice of Scotland’s consumers into those policy discussions.

“Maintaining a healthy balanced diet should be easily attainable for Scots, and quality food should be available at affordable prices whatever your location. This is clearly not the case and we need to fix that.  

“So this is an opportunity for people to join the national conversation on food. We want everyone in Scotland to complete this short survey. It only takes a few minutes and you don’t have to give your name, but the more responses we get the stronger the consumer voice will be.”

The Food on the Table survey is for all Scots and will be online here for the next month.

Paper copies are also be available in local Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) across Scotland.