Recent polling by Survation for 38 Degrees has shown just how much the cost of living crisis is impacting and worrying residents in Newport East.
The polling, which took place after the announcement of the Chancellor’s “mini-budget”, found that 69% of residents in Newport East are cutting back on essential groceries (higher than the UK average of just under 60%), with almost two thirds also worrying about being able to pay energy bills.
31% of residents were worried they’d need to turn to a food bank for support, and more than a quarter of those questioned were concerned about being made homeless. More than a third of residents also stated they were worried about remortgaging their homes, while almost half of those questioned said they were concerned about their pensions, and 44% stated they were worried about paying their rent.
This polling does reflect much of what my team and I hear every day from worried constituents who are fearful as winter draws nearer.
To try and help, I am hosting a number of cost of living support surgeries across the constituency throughout October and November. Along with John Griffiths MS and other agencies and community partners, my team and I will be on hand to offer support and advice to help you save money, ensure you’re claiming the things you’re entitled to, and to help you with bills where we can.
The first of these surgeries will take place at Newport East Community Centre in Moorland Park on 22nd October. Running from 10am until noon, please pop in if you think there is anything we can help with.
If you are unable to come along on October 22nd, there will be other surgeries during November – keep an eye on social media for more information.