There have been several reports about the increase in the cost of living with the cost of food rising and utility bills rising even faster. There are just not any more cut backs I can make. I receive legacy benefits and have received a letter stating that the amount I receive will not increase again for the next financial year. The year ahead is going to be tough. We struggle now with the cost of gas and electricity despite not using the heating so apart from switching of the lights and living in the dark there is no possibility I can manage to pay bills, provide healthy food for my daughter and essential items. She is now in year 11, which is an important time for her future .