Experiences from questions and answers
Nellie K
It’s hard to think in hopes and fears because 2022 is full of so much uncertainty. I just don’t know what will happen, where we will be, or how we will cope...
Q&A Text on 02 January 2022
🚀 Future
🔮 Hopes + fears
Howie P
I am nervous about a continuing insecurity and uncertainty about our collective health that knocks on to work plans and demands. The insecurity of work for me since the pandemic began has seen a massive increase in work pressure and extra hours required to achieve maybe less than before...
Q&A Text on 31 December 2021
Cost of Living
🌦 Mental health
🔮 Hopes + fears
🚀 Future
🚧 Work
Meg T
My biggest fear is that the omicron variant of covid-19 will overwhelm the country and the NHS and I will succumb to it in spite of being double vaccinated and boosted...
Q&A Text on 31 December 2021
Cost of Living
🔮 Hopes + fears
😷 Covid-19
😷 Testing and vaccines
💸 Money + debt
Meg T
My Christmas preparations are always very flexible and kept as simple as possible. I'm a lone parent and have been for the past 16 years...
Q&A Text on 31 December 2021
🎄 Christmas
👦 Single parenting
🍳 Getting by
Paige E
At the end of last year my wish was for 2021 to be a better year. To start and live a “normal life” whatever that is now...
Q&A Text on 30 December 2021
🔮 Hopes + fears
🚀 Future
👥 Covid Realities
Al W
Personally, I want security for my daughter and myself. My daughter to receive the education she needs...
Q&A Text on 30 December 2021
🔮 Hopes + fears
🧒 Children
🚀 Future
Al W
I want freedom again. The fear generated by policticans and promoted by media to stop...
Q&A Text on 30 December 2021
Politics
Erik J
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...
Q&A extract on 30 December 2021
Erik J
A new year, a new year of increasing stress , worry and unknowing. Covid cases where I live are more than double the national average causing a great deal of stress around leaving home and my daughter returning to school in January, she has had a first vaccine but not due her second until the end of January...
Q&A Text on 30 December 2021
Cost of Living
Children's wellbeing
🧒 Children
🏫 School
🔮 Hopes + fears
😷 Covid-19
Erik N
I had no preparation for x mas. Usually buy some winter outfit from sales in Boxing day but most of the shopping centre are closed during boxing day this year and top of that I had no extra money left to buy extra this year...
Q&A Text on 29 December 2021
Cost of Living
🍳 Getting by
Erik N
My biggest hope for the new year to get rid off this Covid and stop seeing people die in Covid. Want to live like normal life and back to the social and community life where we can meet and greet others with no more restrictions...
Q&A Text on 29 December 2021
🚧 Work
🔮 Hopes + fears
😷 Covid-19
🚀 Future
Blessing K
I dont even know if were allowed to have hope for next year are we we will have to wait for the next covid update off Mr drakeford
Q&A Text on 29 December 2021
Lolarose J
Lots of fears right now I may have COVID again and it was this time Last year COVID stole My Christmas and I couldn’t see my children because I was so ill and in the COVID unit and now I might have it again...
Q&A Text on 29 December 2021
🔮 Hopes + fears
😷 Covid-19
🕺 Keeping healthy
💛 Health + disability
Aurora T
As the year comes to a close I am increasingly worried for what the future holds for us. We’re still ignored and vulnerable to homelessness...
Q&A Text on 29 December 2021
🏢 Housing
🚀 Future
🔮 Hopes + fears
Erik J
My daughter and I always enjoy christmas espesially the tree and decorations,this year however is going to extremely difficult due to the rising cost of food and utility bills...
Q&A Text on 21 December 2021
🎄 Christmas
Cost of Living
🍳 Getting by
Charlie B
I've found it hard this year, I've had to take a loan out though my local credit union to cover my costs for this month, the only draw back is it will take me a year to pay off, and I feel I'll have to do the same again next year and be stuff in this rutt
Q&A Text on 21 December 2021
💸 Money + debt
🎄 Christmas
Cost of Living
Gracie L
Just a note on Christmas jumpers first, a bit of positivity hopefully for anyone struggling next year - I've made it a Christmas tradition to get 'winter' jumpers when we put our tree up - a wrapped jumper appears the next day...
Q&A Text on 21 December 2021
🎄 Christmas
🧒 Children
🥰 Lovely moments
Anya W
I had no plan so far as already spent excess money on PCR test for my wife's overseas travel. Usually, I did lots of shopping during x-mas as it is at the end of the year and sale is going on this season though not celebrating...
Q&A Text on 21 December 2021
🎄 Christmas
😷 Testing and vaccines
Paige E
This year I’ve found myself ordering more than ever on six months interest free. I haven’t done a food shop and I’ve had another letter to say my gas is going up again on the 6th of January...
Q&A Text on 20 December 2021
Cost of Living
🎄 Christmas
💸 Money + debt
Utilities
❄️ Winter
Nellie K
I find the expectation of exchanging gifts the biggest stress. I can just about manage to buy presents for the children, my partner and my parents...
Q&A Text on 20 December 2021
🎄 Christmas
🧒 Children
🍳 Getting by
💸 Money + debt
Lolarose J
The whole Boris and the spending is news that is horrible but getting old. It’s hard to think of those stuffed shirts living in the lap of luxury while the poor are becoming poorer...
Q&A Text on 20 December 2021
Politics
🎄 Christmas
Lolarose J
I feel this year is harder than any other. I can see the rise in gas and electric prices and I can feel the pinch in my purse due to rises in food costs...
Q&A Text on 20 December 2021
🎄 Christmas
Cost of Living
🤹 Parenting
🍳 Getting by
🧒 Children
Fiona T
This year I have some of my family coming, so there will be 8 of us. I have to use vouchers to be able to buy the food for Christmas dinner - and I’m hoping family will come and bring afew things with them as the price of everything has sky rocketed...
Q&A Text on 20 December 2021
Cost of Living
🎄 Christmas
🍞 Food / food banks
Utilities
Meg T
The taper rate is still a tax on income. Ok it's reduced from 63 p in the pound to 55 p in the pound earned, but compared to conventional taxation it's still a huge cut to the budget of working families...
Q&A Text on 19 December 2021
💸 Money + debt
🌦 Politics & stigma
Meg T
Well it's a worry. I always shop around for my energy supplier to get the best deal but my energy company has gone bust along with several others, so the choice we used to have is shrinking & it looks like we are returning to the era of "The Big 6" again - who monopolised the energy markets...
Q&A Text on 19 December 2021
Cost of Living
Utilities
❄️ Winter
Teddy W
Hi Stacey, I have had to put £75 in my electric in just over 5 weeks. That is nearly double what it was last year...
Q&A Text on 17 December 2021
Cost of Living
Utilities
Anya W
Without energy life is blank. With limited income it is very tough to manage everything...
Q&A Text on 16 December 2021
Cost of Living
Utilities
❄️ Winter
Erik N
Government should pay more in Universal credit for low income families as they are suffering more in this hardship. Redundancy, job loss hits more to them...
Q&A Text on 16 December 2021
💸 Money + debt
Erik N
I am very worried about rising energy cost. I got only one fuel at home which is electricity...
Q&A Text on 16 December 2021
Cost of Living
Utilities
❄️ Winter
Charlie O
Every day is a struggle to keep myself and my daughter warm. My lungs have been damaged by Covid and I'm told that it's not good for me to be cold...
Q&A Text on 15 December 2021
Cost of Living
💛 Health + disability
😷 Covid-19
Utilities
❄️ Winter
Paige E
My electric went up twice in six weeks. I live in Northern Ireland and we only have a few companies we can even use so we can’t really chop and change like in England...
Q&A Text on 15 December 2021
Cost of Living
Utilities
Erik J
I don't know of any other cutbacks I can now make to help cover the cost of energy price rises. I have now reached a point where I will be unable to heat the home I share with my daughter at all over the winter...
Q&A extract on 15 December 2021
Erik J
I don't know of any other cutbacks I can now make to help cover the cost of energy price rises. I have now reached a point where I will be unable to heat the home I share with my daughter at all over the winter...
Q&A Text on 15 December 2021
Cost of Living
Utilities
❄️ Winter
Nellie K
For the last two years we have received the Warm Home Discount from our provider which is a big help, and their calculations of payments (paying the same across the summer) mean we are thankfully in a little bit of credit which should take the sting a little out of the rise in cost...
Q&A Text on 15 December 2021
❄️ Winter
Utilities
Cost of Living
Lolarose J
The rise in gas costs are high in NI. I’ve been on radio talking about this 70% rise in gas prices...
Q&A Text on 15 December 2021
Cost of Living
Utilities
Paige E
It feels like everything we take a step forward we take another step back. I’ve had my vaccine and I’m certainly not one of the antivaxers but the more things happen the more I’m starting to think hold on a minute this is all looking a bit suspect...
Q&A Text on 10 December 2021
👥 Covid Realities
😷 Covid-19
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
Politics
🚧 Work
🔮 Hopes + fears
Nellie K
I’ve grown to accept this level of dishonesty, contempt and incompetence from our government. What I find worrisome is how unsurprised I am that no repercussions will come of their recent behaviour...
Q&A Text on 10 December 2021
Politics
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
Deb L
I personally I think Boris as a prime minister he was supposed to set a good example to the rest of citizens by following the rules. If the rules are set in place to reduce the spread of the virus so everyone can go on with there lives as a public figure he was supposed to behave and he can party in his household...
Q&A Text on 10 December 2021
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
Politics
Meg T
We have managed to get out & about a little more than before, which has helped to boost our mood but we still very much follow pandemic precautions. I have remained well in terms of not catching Covid - I am double jabbed, so that is a comfort, but it's no excuse to become complacent...
Q&A Text on 07 December 2021
😷 Covid-19
🕺 Keeping healthy
🎄 Christmas
Children's wellbeing
💛 Health + disability
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
Al W
Support services still not available. Money is still tight due to lack of food in shops here in rural Scotland...
Q&A Text on 07 December 2021
Cost of Living
🍳 Getting by
🎄 Christmas
Rosie J
Fear is the main factor that continues to affect me and my family. I am scared that history will repeat itself and I am scared that we will not cope...
Q&A Text on 07 December 2021
😷 Covid-19
🚧 Work
🌦 Mental health
🏫 School
🤹 Parenting
🔮 Hopes + fears
Nellie K
One of biggest worries when COVID hit was that all the ‘temporary’ changes that business/organisations made would become permenant. In some cases this has been good - mainly for people who work in offices who have more choice about working from home...
Q&A Text on 06 December 2021
👥 Covid Realities
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
🚀 Future
Cost of Living
Dorothy T
Covid is still very much effecting us as a family. We are all double jabbed but still I am afraid off passing it on too my family...
Q&A Text on 06 December 2021
😷 Covid-19
😷 Testing and vaccines
Teddy W
I guess I am currently struggling to improve my work abilities. Finances and the lack of opportunity to increase my income is preventing Mr from developing good effective experience and training...
Q&A Text on 06 December 2021
🚧 Work
Cost of Living
🎄 Christmas
Gracie L
I still feel like a single mum, as my partner is not the father of my children and as he works nights he has a completely different routine to us and we don't get to spend much time with him unfortunately...
Q&A Text on 06 December 2021
🤹 Parenting
Care
⛑ Support
🔮 Hopes + fears
🎄 Christmas
😷 Covid-19
Lola P
The dreaded covid still hasn’t left us financially and it won’t do for a very long time. Since the £20 uplift has been taken away and the energy prices have rocketed...
Q&A Text on 06 December 2021
👥 Covid Realities
Cost of Living
🎄 Christmas
🍳 Getting by
💸 Money + debt
Lexie G
Covid is still affecting my family as we are a family of 4 children in education. This put the children in constant direct contact with others so not only are we being track and traced regularly but the kids being out of school so much means they seem to being getting every bug and cold going around which leads to needing pcr test so we seem to be going in circles with the kids having to be off for testing which is costing a lot in fuel...
Q&A Text on 05 December 2021
Cost of Living
👥 Covid Realities
😷 Testing and vaccines
Utilities
🧒 Children
Grace K
I don’t know how single parents would cope when contracting covid, it must be so hard. Not only being ill their selves but having to possibly look after sick children or keeping children who are isolating occupied whilst being ill themselves...
Q&A Text on 05 December 2021
😷 Covid-19
🎄 Christmas
🤹 Parenting
🚧 Work
Care
Milly U
Hi Ruth hope you are getting better quickly. Glad to see diary entries reopening as it’s a medium to share thoughts whenever someone wants to share...
Q&A Text on 05 December 2021
😷 Covid-19
🧒 Children
🕺 Keeping healthy
Lolarose J
COVID is still affecting my family as I still have long COVID and I am often very tired and lethargic. I didn’t have a proper Christmas last year so I am looking forward to this year but I am so very tired...
Q&A Text on 04 December 2021
😷 Covid-19
Victoria B
Well, having caught covid I'm not as worried now for my kids, but I'm still waiting for my sense of smell to return and I'm still feeling sleepy and crumby...
Q&A Text on 04 December 2021
🤹 Parenting
🧒 Children
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
😷 Covid-19
Angie K
I am so grateful for this question to be asked, as for all my child less friends always try to minimise the experience of single parenting by saying “well you can’t complain because you chose to be a mother”...
Q&A Text on 04 December 2021
🤹 Parenting
👦 Single parenting
🍳 Getting by
😷 Covid-19
Erik J
Myself and my daughter were extremely careful during the covid outbreak but unfortunately when the schools reopend in September we both tested positive, this meant my daughter missing valuable school time in her final year...
Q&A Text on 03 December 2021
Cost of Living
👥 Covid Realities
Children's wellbeing
🧒 Children
🕺 Keeping healthy
🤹 Parenting
Aurora T
So far we’ve managed to dodge Covid, although I expect we will catch it at some point. I’m now vaccinated with my booster, so I am less likely to suffer from the worst of it if I were to catch it...
Q&A Text on 03 December 2021
😷 Covid-19
👥 Covid Realities
🧒 Children
Children's wellbeing
🤹 Parenting
Erik N
During last few weeks we have heard enough about 3rd wave of Covid19 which don't want to give up so easily. Since 2 years it was chasing us...
Q&A Text on 03 December 2021
👥 Covid Realities
😷 Covid-19
🎄 Christmas
🚧 Work
Howie P
Hello Ruth, sorry to hear about your covid house! We have just come out of the same scenario ourselves and I am a single parent. It was pretty tough actually and one of my kids who didn't get a positive test did the caring for everyone else...
Q&A Text on 03 December 2021
😷 Covid-19
🤹 Parenting
🍳 Getting by
Florrie N
Still impacting our lives. I'm on the vulnerable list and previously shielded for 16 months...
Q&A Text on 03 December 2021
👥 Covid Realities
Cost of Living
Utilities
💛 Health + disability
🌦 Mental health
Fiona T
Nothing has felt normal for over 2 years now, and even if the past few months we’re starting to feel more “normal”, the backdrop of covid has never really gone away...
Q&A Text on 03 December 2021
😷 Covid-19
🚀 Future
Paige E
I had covid about six weeks ago. Lucky enough it wasn’t too bad...
Q&A Text on 03 December 2021
😷 Covid-19
🕺 Keeping healthy
Al W
Covid has left my autistic teenage daughter and myself still isolated, due to budget cuts in social care and education. Nearly 3 years out of school and never a prioity...
Q&A Text on 03 December 2021
Utilities
🍞 Food / food banks
Blessing K
its alright helping us working parents we have to actually work these hours by the time we pay childcare or babysitters the extra money is gone absolutely ridiculous dont earn enough to get help with childcare
Q&A Text on 30 November 2021
Aurora T
Working families should be helped. This situation is hugely indicative of a governmental system only benefiting those in power, where people clearly cannot make ends meet...
Q&A Text on 30 November 2021
Syeda F
I'll declare an interest - I am part of one of the families in work who is going to benefit from this change. In fact, I think I only had one assessment period where I dropped back to the old pre-"covid uplift" rate when the £86 was taken away...
Q&A Text on 29 November 2021
Nellie K
I think it’s a positive for those that work and will feel the benefit, and one day hopefully it will apply to us. Unfortunately it does nothing to help those who can’t work or are struggling to find work that fits in around caring responsibilities...
Q&A Text on 29 November 2021
Angie K
As always in this British Nation, what is a benefit-if it does not benefit all? I am on the non-working family on the social security side, so all I can calculate and compare it to in experience, is when I got a 8-13 pence payrise when I used to work in retail...
Q&A Text on 28 November 2021
Lois N
So high, I just answering the big question of the week, Jim, glad you've survived for me. I feel really happy that people can get more of the salary...
Q&A Video or Audio on 28 November 2021
Paige E
I think the new taper amount for the working on Uc is proving more how the government want to keep the poor poor. Uc has always been based around working family’s...
Q&A Text on 28 November 2021
Victoria B
I think what upsets me most about these changes is not that it doesn't help my family, even though we're in our lowest amount I've been faced with since having kids and I'm scared but somehow just about managing...
Q&A Text on 28 November 2021
Erik J
Hi, it is great to have this platform back. Any measure to get more money into the pockets of families is always going to be a good thing, however I beleive that everyone in need should be given an equal amount of help and support in order to be able to support them and their families...
Q&A Text on 27 November 2021
Olivia-rose M
I think the percentage taper should lower at 45 percent. If it's not lower, it acts as a disincentive to increase hours...
Q&A Text on 27 November 2021
Fiona T
While I appreciate how amazing it is that those who are in work are now able to receive greater earnings, this does nothing to address the thousands of people who may not be in work for a variety of reasons, through no fault of their own...
Q&A Text on 27 November 2021
Teddy W
Hi Jim. I think everyone's immune system is low after the last 2 years...
Q&A Text on 27 November 2021
Gracie L
It's great for working families - me included. A real incentive to carry on working...
Q&A Text on 27 November 2021
Lolarose J
Well I am still personally affected by the removal of the £20 uplift. As a qualified teacher I am finding getting into work extremely hard as a single mother...
Q&A Text on 27 November 2021
Meg T
It's a very interesting question. I have never been in a situation where my household income was ever as high as that, certainly not as a disabled lone parent with a young person with additional needs & definitely not when I was a married homeowner...
Q&A Text on 23 November 2021
Victoria B
It's unjust and rude and shows just how out if touch they are. Oh my word what I could do with 83kpa...
Q&A Text on 23 November 2021
Lois N
Hi, really. Nice to see you...
Q&A Video or Audio on 22 November 2021
Al W
I am in disbelief of MPs telling us they need a 2nd job. I wonder if they are winding us up? Is it a ploy to get us discuss and complain to cover up other news? Poor souls, but if they have a hedonistic lifestyle and produce illegitimate children, they could possibly need that second income to keep their lifestyles...
Q&A Text on 20 November 2021
Angie K
It is certainly here again, but which one am I more excited about to document and count down? A Christmas with less trimmings and definitely not a grilled partridge bird from Harrods luxury food hall, which I have never tasted at all? Or that in this lovely community of Covid Realities, we all cheer each other on, dual or single parenthood, on how the most important thing about this Christmas, is that we have each other! Yes, with an uncertainty of energy prices, turkey wars(as they said there will be less choice of crown or whole turkeys due to less labour availability-no lie), the climate change has taught us to improvise and find alternatives where circumstances have left us with no other choice...
Q&A Text on 20 November 2021
Aurora T
Divide, conquer, rule! Imagine that! Living off tax payers money. On one side the MPs on £82,000 a year...
Q&A Text on 20 November 2021
Erik J
It is totally discrassful and unacceptable that they feel they need a second income, I feel this should be banned completely. Being an MP and working for the good of the local community should be a full time job and responsibility...
Q&A Text on 20 November 2021
Gracie L
82k? If I want that much I would probably donate half to charities helping out people on low income! No matter how hard I work, I can't earn enough to even move away from needing universal credit...
Q&A Text on 20 November 2021
🤹 Parenting
🗳 Benefits
Nellie K
It makes me so cross. That they they can’t manage on such a huge income when it’s many times that of a family on benefits is disgusting...
Q&A Text on 19 November 2021
Erik N
To increase income everyone need a second job or atleast a decent job which will be enough for living. Due to covid there are lots of unemployment does happen...
Q&A Text on 19 November 2021
Rosie J
Having the diaries again is so wonderful. These MP's need to get a grip on reality...
Q&A Text on 19 November 2021
Lola P
It in infuriates me that they feel they need a second job to pay for childcare. At the end of the day it just highlights how money orientated they are...
Q&A Text on 19 November 2021
Lolarose J
It’s a disgrace that the MPs are saying this as it’s seems very greedy. Enough is enough...
Q&A Text on 19 November 2021
Lolarose J
I think this is absolutely the stressful. That's it really does seem like a massive difference between the Quran and correct...
Q&A Video or Audio on 19 November 2021
Aurora T
Covid Realities has meant a lot over the pandemic. Our voices have been heard where we’ve felt previously ignored...
Q&A Text on 31 July 2021
🔙 2020 - looking back
👥 Covid Realities
Aurora T
Covid Realities has meant a lot over the pandemic. Our voices have been heard where we’ve felt previously ignored...
Q&A extract on 31 July 2021
Teddy W
Covid Realities has given me a voice and made me feel like my voice and lived experiences are important. I have hope that sharing our experiences can make a difference in helping not just my own family but many other families now and continue into the future...
Q&A Text on 30 July 2021
🚧 Work
👥 Covid Realities
Erik N
Covid teaches me a lot. I recognised my best or worst friends during this covid...
Q&A Text on 30 July 2021
👥 Covid Realities
Danni M
I don’t but I really wish that I did
Q&A Text on 28 July 2021
🧒 Children
Danni M
I have felt seen and heard
Q&A Text on 28 July 2021
👥 Covid Realities
Erik J
One of my hopes is that if enough of us speak out and get the attention of those in charge, real changes will finally be made so families are no longer struggling to stay warm in their homes and have enough to eat...
Q&A extract on 28 July 2021
🧒 Children
Children's wellbeing
Erik J
Being part of this research project has helped me understand that there are a lot of families that are struggling with the same problems that I face with my daughter living on a low income...
Q&A Text on 28 July 2021
Children's wellbeing
👥 Covid Realities
Nellie K
So so much. It has become a connection, with likeminded people in a similar situation to me, during an incredibly isolating and lonely time...
Q&A Text on 28 July 2021
👥 Covid Realities
⛑ Support
David P
Cabot realities has been a bit of a Lifeline for the last year and with covid and everything else has just been really difficult to interact with people...
Q&A Video or Audio on 28 July 2021
👥 Covid Realities
Charlotte P
When I was at my lowest COVID realities cheered me up. Zoom meetings were like a social event and hearing similarities in our stories and our journey made me feel like I wasn’t alone...
Q&A Text on 28 July 2021
⛑ Support
👥 Covid Realities
Lexie G
COVID realities has meant the world to me during what has been an incredibly difficult year. COVID realities has helped my mental health in an insurmountable way and at times literally kept me sane, it has given me a place to express my worries and woes but it has also given me a place to share my little victories and has given me a purpose, I have become part of something for the better I have become a voice in the fight for justice, fairness and food equality...
Q&A Text on 28 July 2021
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