China News Service, February 26 (Xinhua) According to Taiwan's "China Times", food prices on the island have soared, making life even more difficult for low-income families!

According to the annual growth rate of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in January announced by Taiwan's "General Accounting Office", the annual growth rate of the CPI for low-income households is as high as 2.09%, which is higher than that of high-income households. 1.57%, a difference of 0.52 percentage points between the two. Scholars bluntly said that in the long run, the gap between the rich and the poor may widen.

  The picture shows Taiwanese people visiting the vegetable market.

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  Tina, an office worker who often eats out, said that after the start of construction this year, the chicken drumstick bento at chain braised pork rice restaurants has risen to NT$135 (NT$, the same below), and the ribs bento from other chain stores also costs 118 yuan. The initial estimate is before and after the year. The monthly outing expenses may cost an additional 600 yuan; catering business Jeff also complained that a year ago Costco (Taiwan Supermarket Costco, known as "Costco" in Taiwan) specially selected beef tendon per kilogram 304 yuan, but now it has risen to 409 yuan, an increase of 34%. In addition, there is a huge shortage of workers in the job market. If the hourly wage is not raised to 200 yuan, it will be impossible to find people. All costs must be reflected in the selling price. Both labor and management Very bitter.

  When high- and low-income families face the same inflation scenario, low-income families with the lowest 20% of disposable income not only have lower incomes, but also have higher pressure on price increases based on the "General Accounting Office" score level. Many scholars have warned that with the development of long-term differences, not only the gap between the rich and the poor may become wider, but society will also be prone to a hatred of the rich.

  Officials from the "General Accounting Office" analyzed that the CPI increase of low-income families was significantly higher than that of high-income families. The main reason is that the expenditure structures of families at different income levels are different. Taking low-income families as an example, food accounts for a higher proportion of 31%. , compared to high-income families with the highest 20% of disposable income, food accounts for 22.6%, so the surge in food will have less impact on life.

  Statistics from the "General Accounting Office" show that food prices rose as high as 4.1% in January, especially fruits that people often buy increased by more than 20%. Meat also rose by 5.63% due to the still high cost of raising food. Prepared food and eating out expenses increased respectively. It is 4.31% and 4%. The frequency of food purchases is high, making low income particularly sensitive to rising inflation.