Rising living costs force Londoners to cut back on basics

Rising living costs force Londoners to cut back on basics. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Some Londoners are so concerned about the rise in living costs that food has been returned to foodbanks as people cannot afford to heat it.

A new report shows how each London borough feels about the rise in cost of living and what they are most concerned about.

In the London Cost of Living survey, 85% of over 2,300 respondents said that they were most worried about the rising price of gas and electricity bills. In the past year, 68% of respondents say that they have cut back on heating in the face of high energy bills.

More than 40% said that they have cut back on lighting, while 41% have cut back on electrical equipment use.

Around 95% of respondents aged 65 and over said that they are concerned with the rising cost of gas and electricity; the highest of all age groups. Alarmingly, 63% of those in this age range said they have cut back on heating in order to pay the bills.

  • Those concerned about the rising cost of gas and electricity in London
. Credit: London Cost of Living
  • Those cutting back on heating in the face of rising bills
. Credit: London Cost of Living
  • Those cutting back on electrical equipment use in the face of rising energy bills
. Credit: London Cost of Living