Cost of living in UK puts vulnerable Britons at risk

In Liverpool, Maxine Williams, 52, said keeping warm was a key part of managing a disorder affecting her connective tissues, known as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. But since her energy bill doubled in April, Ms Williams has started to cut her weekly shopping list down to the essentials, microwave meals instead of using the oven and cancel services TV streaming. What has remained essentially the same this year is her disability award, she said.

“I can’t just turn on the heating, because I can’t afford it,” she said, adding that it left her feeling more nauseous and sore. “It was tough. »

To help each other out of fear of a cost-of-living crisis, many older people – ranging from anxious to resigned – are banding together.

On a recent sunny afternoon, dozens of people gathered for lunch in Jaywick, near Clacton-on-Sea, where residents paid £1.50 (around $2) as volunteers served tea, coffee and a two course meal. Some people declined to discuss their finances, citing the event as an escape from a source of stress.

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