Cost of living campaign: Crisis a ‘new reality’ for Londoners
Like the pandemic, the cost of living crisis is now a factor in everything we write.
It’s been a background noise of dread all summer.
Creeping inflation news notifications are on the rise, with doomsday predictions from politicians.
Supermarket spending increases, while your shopping cart stays the same.
And now the bills – which have doubled or tripled from last year – are starting to land on our doormats.
This winter is going to be incredibly difficult for many of us.
As journalists, our job is to explain these great events.
From elections to earthquakes, we work to contextualize them, break them down and make sense of them.
To ensure that readers, viewers and listeners can integrate them into the larger landscape of their lives.
But sometimes, when it seems that everything has changed, this landscape becomes unrecognizable.
It’s a story that’s no longer just a story – it’s more of a new reality.
Like the pandemic, the cost of living crisis is now a factor in everything we write. It affects everything.
There are obvious places, like government and politics, from Westminster and City Hall to your local council; the health service; banking and finance.
Then there are the less publicized ones.
Small organizations and charities are reluctantly closing their doors; the pools left a few degrees colder; abandoned pets whose owners can no longer pay for their care.
And most importantly, it’s present in everything we do – or don’t do, or can’t do.
Families and parents struggle to make ends meet. Pensioners sitting in cold, dark houses. Local businesses forced to close.
At LondonWorld, we are part of this city.
Our reporters, editors and photographers use the transport network, pay our council tax and enjoy the city’s brilliant happenings – alongside our audience.
And that’s why this campaign is so important to us.
Alongside our sister titles, we will be releasing a series of articles over the next few weeks.
We call for urgent action, starting with our demands for the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss.
But we also ask you to tell us what you need – and how this global crisis is affecting you, on your streets and in your homes.
LondonWorld and NationalWorld will highlight cost of living crisis and its impact on our city in a series of articles over the next few weeks.
We will call on our leaders – in politics, business and our communities – to stand up for our city.
And we want to hear from you, our readers, about your own experiences.
- How are rising energy bills, fuel costs and food prices affecting your daily life?
- What worries you about the upcoming winter?
- And – most importantly – where can the government help?
How is the cost of living crisis in London affects you? Contact London World and speak to one of our journalists confidentially on [email protected] or through Twitter or Facebook.