每日英語跟讀 Ep.K477: About the UK - One in 7 Britons skipping meals in cost of living crisis
One in seven people in the UK are skipping meals or going without food, according to new polling data released by the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
The data from an MRP poll by Opinium reveals that more than half of British people are cutting back on heating, hot water and electricity in the cost of living squeeze, and one in 12 have missed the payment of a household bill.
With inflation running at 10%, the polling found that one in seven people are skipping meals but that rises to one in five people in nearly 50 constituencies across the country.
The proportion of people across the UK skipping meals is the same for people in and out of work at 14%, while about 44% say they are having to cut back on food spending.
Romanian migrant becomes star in Britain 羅馬尼亞移民在英國成明星
The British media had warned of a flood of new Bulgarian and Romanian migrants arriving on January 1, but judging by this week’s coverage, they only appeared to have found one.
Victor Spirescu, a 30-year-old Romanian, has become an unexpected star after flying into Luton airport, north of London, on the day EU labour market restrictions on his nation and Bulgaria were lifted.
He has become the face of the new arrivals, featuring in several national newspapers in Britain -- including for a double-page spread in The Times -- appearing on Sky News and has been interviewed by the Romanian media back home.
The Daily Telegraph newspaper even travelled to Romania to interview his 19-year-old fiancee, Catalina Curcean, in what it called their "ramshackle" house outside the village of Pelisor in Transylvania.
A gaggle of journalists had gathered to greet Spirescu’s flight on January 1, in hopes of a story about hordes of migrants arriving to seek work and possibly to abuse Britain’s welfare system.
Media panic about the new influx and fears about ’benefits tourism’ had led the British government to rush through measures in December restricting access to unemployment hand-outs to new EU migrants.
But of the 140 passengers on board the 180-seat plane from Tirgu Mures in central Romania, most were already working in Britain and were returning from their Christmas holidays.
然而，來自羅馬尼亞中部特爾古穆列什的一架180人座客機中的140名乘客，大多數都已在英國就業，只是結束耶誕假期返回。Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1550077 ; https://news.ltn.com.tw/news/world/paper/744973