Cost of living: pressure from rising prices ‘a ticking time bomb’ for poorest communities | british news

When Nabila runs out of something she needs for dinner, she visits the neighbors to see if they can help.

Last week it was an onion so she could make her three sons a decent meal.

Not long ago, she passed along some extra cans of fruit to friends she knew were struggling.

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It’s increasingly happening on her estate in Byker, one of the most deprived areas of Newcastle.

Improvising and supporting each other is one of the most basic ways to cost of living crisis.

Almost everyone’s budgets are under pressure, but it’s especially discouraging for those with no savings to fall back on.

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Nabila is doing everything she can to take care of her sons

Nabila’s sons are lucky enough to have a free summer activity club on the lawn outside their home on Wednesdays during the summer holidays.

Youth worker Rebecca Lloyd organized the games and told Sky News: “Even today I just spoke to a young person who doesn’t want to tell his parents that their shoes are too small for them now because they know the problems it will cause.” because… that’s the reality.”

The club is organized by Children North East, one of 70 charities this week called on the government to do much more to tackle the growing financial storm people find themselves in.

Chief executive Leigh Elliott told Sky News that more and more families are approaching them for help in a region that already had some of the highest child poverty rates in the UK.

“Demand has skyrocketed,” she says.

“It’s a ticking time bomb…that will have an impact on everyone around. By the time we get to winter it will be excessive and people will have nothing, and what are people going to do?

“Your crime will increase, antisocial behavior will increase.

“You’re Gonna Have More” [of a] divide into communities.”

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For many in Byker, their main link to the rest of the city – to jobs and opportunities – is the Tyne and Wear Metro.

It may be an essential service that is not really run for profit, but they too have accrual accounts. Electricity costs to power the trains have risen from £8 million a year to over £16 million in the past 12 months.

A new fleet of energy-efficient trains to be commissioned next year cannot arrive soon enough.

Finance and Resources Director John Fenwick told Sky News: “We have cost pressures everywhere.

“You just have to try to absorb it… we have to carry on because we are an essential public service, so we just have to find a way.”

But he added: “If the cost of living crisis continues, at some point we will have to consider whether we can keep the services, but for this year and next we have a plan.”

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What drives the inflation spike?

Keeping life on track when prices rise at their fastest pace for 40 years is a juggling act that tests people’s determination and resources.

With further increases predicted in the fall and winter, borrowing a single onion won’t be enough.

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