Cost of life

Note, the press do not seem to be reporting on inflation and the cost of living, however, my house phone and internet has gone up by over eight pound in a month with no discussion nor warning. (I don’t use house phone other than free calls to land lines). The cost of things that used to be pence have been rounded up to pounds, and Poundworld no longer is a pound shop.
It sounds like I am moaning for the sake of it, maybe I am, but in reality these little price hikes are what make a huge difference to those on low incomes. I pretty much never go out partying or drinking. I did take my kids to Hull yesterday but I wandered around and spent £2.35 in Costa and about £6 on my lunch in Subway. I got paid on Tuesday and now have £20 to last til next Thursday. If I am lucky enough to get paid then.
I do not do extravagant things. In fact most of this month I have been house bound. Not been spending anything. Watching TV and communicating on facebook. Often hardly getting out of bed due to pain, exhaustion and yes a growing apathy.
The basic cost of living has gone up massively but its little things, cheap bread no longer quite as cheap, pound items suddenly £1.99, amounts of products cut so you have to buy more.
The poor are getting poorer. People already on the breadline will not survive much longer.
Because of this hidden inflation last month my bills amounted to more than my income. Now if I do get paid I face £60 bank charges and gawd alone knows how much in ‘admin charges’ from companies where DD’s were returned.
I have asked all the utilities to let me use standing orders but all refused.
I am not a ‘stupid person’ I try to keep an eye on my budget but it just does not work for me anymore. If I struggle on my own I can only wonder how those of you with kids living at home cope, it truly is no wonder that we have a homeless population that grows each day.
I cannot cut my cloth much more, I will be selling everything I built up before I got sick, or trying to, but that is only a temporary fix. What next?
My bikes will have to go and my car. I am running out of options, so I have no idea how others manage.
Is this how they will kill off the weak and vulnerable, starve them of life, but silently?
My life seems to be just one of dreams of living for a couple of days on pay day if health allows then barely existing for the rest of the time. And I am so much better off than many others.
This is not a woe is me post but a woe is this country post.
And just one final thing, for those that see the sick and disabled as scroungers think on this, I had my dream job, I worked hard, very hard, long hours, but loved my job, my career, I had pride in myself and a damn good wage. No one especially me would ever have given that up to live like this. I now feel lost, without a future, without choices, living in a long boring vacuum day to day, hour to hour. I am being offered roles daily at £40 + per hour but cannot consider them because of health. Jobs abroad on more that ii dream of. No one chooses to be sick, no one wants this. If I could escape it I would. Would love to be back doing something productive rather than dreaming each night of not having to wake up any more. But us dad’s and mum’s don’t have those choices do we?
So life for sale, any takers?
So think on before you judge based on another episode of benefits Britain.
Sorry this is so disjointed. Started as an observation, but guess it slipped into a rant.
Jonesy

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Jonesy the Dog of Socialism

I am in my 50's (ok 51), I have life challenges but still continue to be a father, a biker, a socialist and a human being. I fight hate and injustice in any way I can. I am me.

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