Labour fears over 830 of the 2,500 chippies across the North West are at risk of closing down in the next 12 months due to a constant rise in inflation and supply costs.
Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary MP, Jim McMahon warned of the risk after visiting fish and chip businesses across Lancashire.
Mr McMahon said: “The Conservative cost of living crisis is threatening one of Britain’s favourite meals, fish and chips, and hardworking family-run chippies across the country. We are witnessing the potential decline of a true British institution and an affordable, much-loved family meal.
‘’Labour would support British chippies by scrapping and replacing business rates with a fairer system.’’
Andrew Crook, President of the National Federation of Fish Friers said: “Our iconic fish and chip industry is facing its biggest threat in its 162-year history with soaring ingredient costs, high energy bills and staff shortages.”