How the cost of living crisis is impacting the people of Kent

As the cost of living crisis continues to spiral out of control, Kent’s residents have been left uncertain about their financial futures.

According to KentOnline, it has been estimated that one in four households will now be unable to afford the recent energy bill increase, on top of the rising cost of both food and fuel.

Food price inflation hit 4.3% last month, while petrol and diesel prices in the UK are currently up by 7%, which is the highest inflation rate since 1992.

Kent resident Phillipa Brown is mother to an 8-year-old child, and says that the increased cost of living has affected her family ‘hugely’.

She said that she is very worried, and biggest concern is that she will “have to choose between eating and heating – it’s either pay for the food shop or the heating.

“As long as my little girl gets heat and warmth that’s all that matters to me.”

Kent social care worker Sharon Brazier says that she is also seriously worrying about the cost of living.

She said, “I’ve just had my payslip via email and I’ve noticed the national insurance increase. I’ve also had a letter about the bank mortgage increase.”

“Gas and electricity I noticed from the beginning of April – that’s crippling me as with the fuel for work, my job requires me to drive.

“As with many others it’s mentally draining. Weekends off I don’t want to go anywhere as that’s going to cost. I have a health condition which gets triggered when I’m stressed, it’s a no win situation.”

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To help those who are struggling, food banks across Kent are encourage people to donate if they can.

Canterbury Food Bank are asking for volunteers to help deliver to people in need, and post a list of their ‘most needed’ food items each week.

Volunteer David Holt said on a Facebook group that “the cost of ingredients for emergency parcels sent out by a food bank has shot up by more than five per cent in just one month.”

He claimed that the biggest risers were tinned tomatoes (which went from 45p to 62p), tinned peas and carrots (which went from 80p to £1.33), and chocolate digestives (which went from £1 to £1.33).

Kent Resident Phillipa Ballerio also stated that “low cost items are actually rising faster in costs than more expensive items, so the inflation hits people buying low cost items much harder.”

The charity provides emergency food parcels to people in financial need across Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and surrounding villages, and buys items to top up the parcels alongside donations.

Click here to find a donation point near you.

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