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Please Report the Errrors?
Hello. Hi. My name is Hamid Khan, and I want to share
some of the challenges for carers and for elderly people
in terms of cost of living crisis and impact on carers and the
members they care for.
One of the biggest struggle is that
it's getting colder.
Heating and lighting is extremely expensive.
A £300 a month bills are now coming at 4 £5500. You can see a massive difference
difference. Food cost is tripled almost.
That's having a big impact on the elderly and on carers. As income is not increasing,
benefits are not going high. Pensions are not go
increasing align with the cost of living and in the cost of living is out of control.
there's a lot of suffering and silence where people don't
talk about what they're struggling with because they feel a stigma
with the cost of, uh to say that I'm struggling and it takes
a lot of courage.
I mean, I find particularly the elderly people, like my mom and dad's generation.
It's almost in their time was a stigma to be poor, so even now when they will struggle,
they would not say they are struggling because it's
almost like it's not something that you own up to
that is causing a lot of vulnerabilities for the elderly,
South Asian communities and for other communities as well.
Also, I would like to share something very quickly is that the cost of living is
not just about living crisis. It's also increasing inequalities and dividing
the rich and poor because the inequalities in the poorer community are getting more
because they can't afford to maintain good health
or to even meet basic standards,
which is having a knock on effect on their long term health.
As we know, cold houses create damp houses, damp houses, then create asthma
and various other arthritis and joint problems and other health related
illnesses to do with poor standard of living.
So my strength would be
to understand that it's something that we've all got to deal with together,
and at the same time we've got to find
solutions to the problems.
One of the things that people can do is share warm spaces,
share food, so if you know that your neighbours are
are are struggling and you have spare food that you're
not gonna have you pass it on to the neighbours.
I think that we need to create a culture which says it's
OK to accept food and items from each other in the community,
and it's nothing to feel embarrassed about.
We need to also create
an educational awareness that not all brand products are quality products.
Sometimes it's just the labels, and it's OK to buy unbranded stuff
because sometimes it's just as good as the branded stuff.
So cost of living crisis is around. We are going through it.
But through resilience, we're gonna get through it. Thank you.