Could you live below the breadline?

Living Below the breadline - Scott family lived on just �20 a week to raise awareness of global poverty. Gary and Katharine with their children Kai and Persephone.
Living Below the breadline - Scott family lived on just �20 a week to raise awareness of global poverty. Gary and Katharine with their children Kai and Persephone.

A family put their food luxuries aside as they made the decision to live off £20 worth of food – for a week.

Gary Scott of Bell Hall along with his wife, son and daughter were joined by thousands of others across the country as part of the Live Below the Line campaign.

The decision for the Scott family to take on the challenge came alongside findings from the Halifax banking group which revealed that almost half of households would struggle to find and extra £99 a month for bills.

The family saved £100 in cutting their food costs, and around £750 in total for charity.

Gary, 40, said: “There was lots of porridge, lots of rice and we baked our own bread every morning.”

The Suma Wholefoods worker said he was particularly impressed in how his daughter Persephone, who’s just seven, dealt with the challenge.

He said: “She actually baked the bread for two of the days and she cooked a curry one night.”

The £1 a day challenge is the UK equivalent of the international extreme poverty line.

Gary said: “1.4 billion people struggle to meet their daily needs on less than £1 a day.”