Maisie

Member
UK Cost of Living
I just heard this on the BBC. Where do the government think we are going to be able to raise another, roughly, £69.00 per month? Or don't they care?

I suppose members have sufficient from their exhorbitant salaries plus income from other sources that they are not going to be in the brown stuff like the rest of us.

Tomorrow will be one month since I went onto the higher prices for energy. So just after midnight tonight, I will send Octopus my meter readings and see what they take. The increased DD of £350 per month will go tomorrow also.

Maisie
 
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Mushroom

Member
UK Cost of Living
Today, I responded to an email from Iceland - the retailer not the country for a £15 discount if we spent £60 or more, plus free delivery. Last week it was a similar deal from Sainsbury's.
The boss gets a 10% saving on everything (apart from fuel) at Asda courtesy of her 'Blue light' NHS card and on it goes.
I fuelled the car up with unleaded at 1.67p per litre today and at the kiosk I was asked if I wanted to donate a Muffin for the local food bank. Some fresh fruit maybe but not a bloody Muffin !
This is a petrol station 1/2 a mile from the second paid for home for Yvette Cooper MP.
Not only has something got to give, but if it doesn't happen sometime soon, before October, I think my prediction of civil unrest will be coming to fruition.
Partygate could get rid of Boris, The economy most certainly will at this rate. Growth has ground to a halt, recession is on it's way and stagflation is also mentioned.
Still, the gormless bastard has wanted to trumpet the fact that unemployment is at it's lowest for decades.
Yes, it's people on wages that are falling way behind inflation Boris, with no prospect of pay rises which will get anywhere near paying their bills. See how long that figure lasts when the big bills continue?
 

Mushroom

Member
UK Cost of Living
It's official- the UK staycation is dwindling.
The demand for cheap holidays abroad started it declining. The UK cost of living has resulted in those who can still afford a holiday, opting to spend their dosh elsewhere and the end result should be a reduction in the currently extortionate rental accommodation in the UK returning to more sensible levels otherwise being left empty.
Meanwhile, as we hurtle towards a return to the 70's, industrial action and demands for high pay rises, all that's missing is power cuts and Arthur Scargill.
It's starting to look like the perfect storm is brewing.
 

enoch

Member
UK Cost of Living
It's official- the UK staycation is dwindling.
The demand for cheap holidays abroad started it declining. The UK cost of living has resulted in those who can still afford a holiday, opting to spend their dosh elsewhere and the end result should be a reduction in the currently extortionate rental accommodation in the UK returning to more sensible levels otherwise being left empty.
Meanwhile, as we hurtle towards a return to the 70's, industrial action and demands for high pay rises, all that's missing is power cuts and Arthur Scargill.
It's starting to look like the perfect storm is brewing.
No wonder people go abroad, lwas looking at holidays in the uk today some were crazy priced compared to abroad.
 

Mushroom

Member
UK Cost of Living
No wonder people go abroad, lwas looking at holidays in the uk today some were crazy priced compared to abroad.
They exploited the situation but the demand has now shifted. A week in a cottage in Cornwall where my mate used regularly rose from £400 pre Covid to £1200 last year. He stayed at home but it was fully booked. The rental market might actually take a big dip this year - especially if we have a crap summer in the UK?
 
UK Cost of Living
I am at Butlins after an invite from my daughter asking me to join her. 4 night mid week break for 2 adults and 1 child in a newly refurbished 2 bed apartment £55 for all of us ( booked last year). With our check in envelope they are offering the same package for £108 next year. Still a great price, if you can stand Bultins.
So far we have done the free pool with the slides, lazy river & waves machine, followed by the free funfair. Tonight she has booked the Queen show & tomorrow night ABBA. So far it has turned out to be much better than I expected.
Also really pleased that there is plenty of hot water & you are in control of your own heaters. I currently have 3 of them on, plus the towel rail in the bathroom is on max. We are keeping warm & drying all our towels & swimming gear
 

Mushroom

Member
UK Cost of Living
I am at Butlins after an invite from my daughter asking me to join her. 4 night mid week break for 2 adults and 1 child in a newly refurbished 2 bed apartment £55 for all of us ( booked last year). With our check in envelope they are offering the same package for £108 next year. Still a great price, if you can stand Bultins.
So far we have done the free pool with the slides, lazy river & waves machine, followed by the free funfair. Tonight she has booked the Queen show & tomorrow night ABBA. So far it has turned out to be much better than I expected.
Also really pleased that there is plenty of hot water & you are in control of your own heaters. I currently have 3 of them on, plus the towel rail in the bathroom is on max. We are keeping warm & drying all our towels & swimming gear
I did Skeggy Butlins when I was 17 with my mate.
Great week, mucho bèer and 'socialising' but I have never returned.
It means I can neither praise it or condemn it presently but I can say it offers a very credible and affordable cheap break.
 

yalimart

The Carnwath Massive
UK Cost of Living
Talking to the business I sub contracted to before calling it a day, their order book is down, more so at the moment with domestic customers in particular the take up of home car chargers which surprised me.
Much worse to come I suspect.

 

Hilsjw

Member
UK Cost of Living
Butlins have much improved what they have on offer as customers now demand far better facilities. We often found free offers in our local paper for a days visit in the Bognor Butlins. A good day out for children.
 

Mushroom

Member
UK Cost of Living
The government have warned the Public sector workers not to be making demands for 10% rises, even though inflation will be there sometime soon.
I think the government have not yet realised that the summer of discontent has already started and is about to get worse.
I now know of so many people in the NHS, Police, Fire Service, Prison service, the list goes on, who have had enough.
The NHS frontline has always been loyal to patient care in the past instead of striking or working to rule.
That loyalty has now eroded and the massive 3% pay rise in June will not return any loyalty.
Like most people out there, all they can see is big bills for the workers and no bills of any note for the politicians.
 

Mushroom

Member
UK Cost of Living
The legal daughter has just been notified that he 5 year fix on her mortgage comes to an end in September and she can renew another one with the same building society on almost the same rate from next week for another 5 years.
If she gets her timing right from 1st June to secure the deal, it will be just before the next BOE meeting on the 6th when the interest rates will no doubt rise again and more fixed deals get removed. Phew !!
 

Maisie

Member
UK Cost of Living
Strangely, I did not receive my energy bill from Octopus within 48 hours of sending them meter readings. I have had to email them and actually ask them for my bill. I have now received it.

As I expected, because I waited (a couple of days) until the same date as they take the DD, they had estimated the couple of days prior. So the bill I have received is a bit strange, with estimated and actual readings shown, so the total bill is for a few days more than last year. However, I have just noticed that on the last page of the bill, they give a figure for the daily usage (never noticed before).

It is encouraging to note that the usage is down from the same period last year. Electricity usage for 2021 was 23.79 kWh per day, with 2022 being 12.77 kWh per day. Gas usage for 2021 was 73.81 kWh per day, with 2022 being 43.16 kWh per day.

This does seem to be moving in the right direction. The next bill should be less (hopefully) because the charging period will be a few days shorter than this currrent bill. My total bill for this period 2021 was £184.64, for 2022 it is now £225.63. Considering that the unit charges have almost doubled since the 2021 bill, I am quite pleased with this.

I really do not think that I am going to be using £350 worth of energy per month as they have estimated and are taking, but I will leave this for the moment. After all, the worst months are yet to come!

Maisie
 
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