Rishi Sunak confronted by mother who can’t afford to heat her home
A woman confronted Rishi Sunak on the realities of the cost of living crisis and it made for awkward viewing.
The chancellor took calls from members of the public on LBC yesterday after delivering his spring statement and one woman described how the rising costs in bills was already forcing her to make radical changes to her lifestyle,
She explained she had "on paper a good job" and salary but the rising cost in energy was putting "intense strain" on her ability to provide for her children and she had been forced to take extra jobs to "bridge the gap" like cleaning houses and delivering food.
She said she had turned her boiler and lights off to cope and cut down on the price of her supermarket shops.
"Sometimes you can see our breath when we breath," she said.
What did the caller make of that? "I think the response from Rishi is difficult because the support that is apparently being offered just isn't relative at all to what the rising costs are for us," she said.
"You are going to see more and more people relying on food banks and also not able to afford to work. You are going to have people in low-income families or families such as myself who may well get very very ill because they are unable to afford to heat their homes."
Take a look at the conversation for yourself here:
This single mum can't afford to turn the heating or lights on in her house due to the cost of living crisis. \n\nShe tells the Chancellor what he has offered in the Spring statement doesn't help her situation 'at all'.\n\n@IainDale | #RingRishi | http://l-bc.co/ListenNow\u00a0pic.twitter.com/l2pypatuXe