Cost of living crisis: Birmingham mum forced to use food banks and turn off heating due to rising prices | UK News

In the two-bedroom flat in Birmingham where Clare Caudery lives with her two children, it’s cold.

She’s decided heating is something they simply can’t afford anymore.

“In the past six months I’ve had to start using food banks for the first time ever,” she told Sky News.

“At first I was really embarrassed, really embarrassed. But I just had to get over it. I didn’t have a choice.”

A demonstrator holds up a sign during the Birmingham protest

As a single mother of two children who have additional needs, she has to be a full-time carer. They were managing to get by on benefits until recently.

“It’s the cost of living, the rising cost of absolutely everything,” Ms Caudery said.

She decided to share her experience at a rally in Birmingham as demonstrations were held in cities across the country on Saturday to highlight the impact of the cost of living crisis on families.

In the crowd was Daniel Gould, 32. He says the wage from his full-time job is no longer enough.

“I can just about pay my outgoings with what I earn but with no actual money left for food and fuel. I have to get it from my partner or borrow it from my parents,” he told Sky News.

A rally took place in Birmingham about the cost of living crisis
A rally took place in Birmingham about the cost of living crisis

“The way things are going I won’t be able to pay my rent”.

Sharon Power who runs a food bank in the city said Friday was the busiest day they’ve ever seen.

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But she’s concerned that the people who regularly donate food will be forced to stop.

Another protester held up a sign at the rally that stated: "I can't live"
Another protester held up a sign at the rally that stated: “I can’t live”

“They’ve approached me during last week and say that they all are worried about how they’re going to be able to continue to donate because of the cost of living in this crisis,” she says.

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‘I ride the bus to stay warm’

Back at her flat, Ms Caudery said she and her children face an uncertain future.

“What happens next because this doesn’t look like it’s going to ease does it?

“I can only think that it’s going to get more and more difficult for more and more people.”

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