“It’s a year like no other,” Hilary Osborne, the Guardian’s money and consumer editor, says. Food, clothing, housing, transportation, heating, energy - the cost of all are rapidly rising. Meanwhile, wages fail to keep pace and the national insurance surcharge approaches. This brings us to the ‘cost of living crisis’ dominating headlines this week.
The Guardian talk to single mother Amie Jordan who is feeling the rises acutely, like many other low income households. Amie is particularly anxious about supporting her son through the winter months, and has begun skipping meals in response to rising grocery costs.