I want to say something about the insane price hikes we are seeing, but it’s hard to know what to say, really.
My food bills have nearly doubled, not because of my meat intake as posh meat seems to have stayed about the same price, but because of the amount of fruit and veg I consume. Soon I will need to reconsider what I eat.
My energy bills have gone from 4% of my income (after rent) to 7% of my income, and will shortly rise to around 13%. I already turn everything off at the plug at night and/or if I am not using it, so there isn’t a way for me to cut back further other than not having a fridge, or not using the cooker, or turning off the lights. I dread winter, because this flat is freezing.
My neighbour told me a young girl of about 16/17 years of age is sleeping in my doorway of late, tent city in my local park has expanded, there is a man who sits for hours on the grass with his head in his hands who I watch with sorrow when I’m working out in the park, and there are now two people sleeping in tents on the marshes where I go running.
And this has only just started…