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One in six adults in Great Britain not able to buy essential foods, ONS finds

Survey of impact of supply chain crisis in past fortnight also finds 15% could not buy fuel

Almost nine million people, representing one in six adults in Great Britain, have not been able to buy essential food items in the past two weeks because they were not available, official research suggests.

According to an Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey, 17% of adults could not buy some of the grocery products they needed between 22 September and 3 October, reflecting the widespread impact of supply chain disruption and labour shortages.

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