Howie P on 02 February 2021

In the first lockdown, my family and I ended up being stuck in our village with no transport as my car went wrong and I couldn't get it fixed. There is no public transport and the cost of taxis here is prohibitive (£25 to the closest Co-op). We ended up with only the food and goods that I could get online as I couldn't book a delivery slot as they were only for "vulnerable" people and no veg boxes or anything had any space for new customers, it was a bit of a disaster. We had no fresh stuff and I was creative about what I could get on Amazon to feed us. Out of a worry that this could happen again, when I was able and slots were available I made a subscription to a veg box so that should anything go wrong in the future we would at least have some fresh food. Well, in this new lockdown, I took my vehicle to the garage for it's MOT and it's so neglected from no spare cash to spend on it and look after it that it over heated in the emissions test and damaged the water pump-they wouldn't let me drive it home-over 5 miles away and so a mate had to come and give me a lift. So now we are back in lockdown and my nightmare has come true and we are left with no transport in a village with no shop and no bus service. The only good thing about it is my disaster forward planning, because at least we have some fresh veg and fruit this time but it does ram it home that on a low income you can struggle to just maintain your resources to a reasonable, functioning standard. This is a problem even more so with the lockdown and lack of work and financial choices that have to be made. For me this also highlights how the plight of rural U.K. is often upstaged by urban issues in media etc. I know there are some truly horrific and specific problems that city and town populations will be dealing with but it can't be taken for granted that you have the option to walk to a shop to buy bread and milk or pick up medicine.

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