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Rise in cost of living is at highest in 30 years leaving poor and vulnerable households to suffer

  • Rise in cost of living is at its highest in three decades
  • Families left to make he difficult choice between eating or heating
  • Labour Party and Sir Keir Starmer raise concerns about current economic crisis

#Eatandheatcheap is a new campaign aiming to provide a cheaper alternative energy system and food cost to the four million households struggling between a choice of eating and heating – caused by the staggering rise in the cost of living.

It aims to raise awareness about the devastating impact of the rise in the cost of living to millions of families across the country.

The increase in the cost of living, caused by inflation, is on the rise as of February 2022 – leaving four million British households without heating.

Figures regarding the cost of living are looking to rise due to inflation being at almost a 30-year high. It is currently standing at 6.2% and it is expectd to reach 8% before too long.

This will leave, a substantial proportion of Britons struggling between a choice of eating or heating – with the devastation being felt by people in all regions.

Necessities such as food, drink, clothing, and footwear, as well as heating and rent prices, have gone up.

#Eatandheatcheap estimates that 4.3m children live in poverty in the UK. 

Difficulties

#Eatandheatcheap say the cut in £20 universal credit top-up and working tax credit changes will see more than 400 constituencies face economic difficulties as one in three working-age families with children suffer.

Afzal Khan, Labour MP for Gorton, has made his stance clear against economic inequality and the little help offered by the government for people in need

He said: “Households are bracing themselves for the biggest drop in living standards in 30 years.

“We now face a cost-of-living crisis with prices rising steeply and everyday essential food items going up even faster.

“The Labour Party is calling for the government to set out a national strategy for food, including how it tends to ensure access to high quality, sustainable, affordable food for all.” 

Wages have stayed stagnant for over a decade and failed to keep up with inflation.

Figures show the pay growth only going up by 4.3%,  which is below the consumer prices index (CPI).

“Inflation ticked up again in January, reaching a near 30-year high,” said Grant Fitzner, chief economist at the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

“Clothing and footwear pushed inflation up this month and although there were still the traditional price drops, it was the smallest January fall since 1990, with fewer sales than last year.

“The rising costs of some household goods and increases in rents also pushed up inflation.

“However, these were partially offset by lower prices at the pump, following record highs at the end of 2021.”

To support #Eatandheatcheap sign the petition to ensure families do not have the overwhelmingly difficult choice between eating or heating their homes in these harsh weather conditions. 

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