There is no mistaking it then, and winters arrival, will indeed be very unwelcome, for many of us; if the tree has a good crop of berries then that’s all well and good for the birds, and I wonder has these hard times of austerity meant that people don’t feed our feathered friends as much, particularly when one considers how expensive and hard it is to feed ourselves and the family, so much has been spoken or written about the thousands reliant on the food bank during the last few months, and with Christmas just around the corner I cannot help myself thinking about how many are going to cope, for them this is not the most wonderful time of the year.
Looking out of the window this morning I could clearly see frost lying on top of my neighbours cars, and as I turned up the central heating a wee bit I was reminded that my own heating costs go up next week, the very thought of which fills me with fear, being one of the working poor, but somehow I will find a way to manage things, as I always do.
The cost of living in the UK varies depending on where you live. Generally, London where I live is the most expensive place in the UK. As of March 2012, London was ranked 25th most expensive city in the world in which to live. Many homes in the UK are heated by gas boilers (gas central heating) or by electric radiators. Due to the often unfavourable weather in Great Britain, heating or gas charges can be the largest utility bill after rent and council tax. Keeping warm, keeping a roof over one's head has now become a real fight for survival and I have been blogging much about the homeless of late, something that I have every intention of continuing, hopeful that the message that I bring to my blog will help others to understand that this is a national scandal and with over 21,000 on my own councils (Newham) waiting list and hostels jam-packed, hundreds sleeping on our streets every night I have every intention to make this a major issue when I stand in Canning Town North as an Independent Socialist Candidate’ next May during the local elections.
So as winters grip takes a hold I say keep warm, keep safe, but above all else...keep the faith and never give up!”