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Wales hit harder by cost of living crisis due to poorly insulated homes and lack of public transport

14 Jul 2022 2 minute read
M4 traffic at Port Talbot. Picture by Ben Salter (CC BY 2.0).

Wales has been harder hit by the cost of living crisis due to poorer-insulated homes and a lack of public transport, a think tank has said.

The Centre for Cities identified Swansea as one of the hardest hit cities across the UK nations, saying that Wales’ second city had an inflation rate of 10.7%.

Inflation in Cardiff was running at 10%, and at 10.3% in Newport.

Burnley in Lancashire was the hardest hit across the UK, with an inflation rate of 11.5 per cent. Meanwhile, London only had an inflation rate of 8.8% because people were overall less reliant on their cars.

As of April 2022, workers in the North, Midlands and Wales were on average £131 a month poorer (a 5.8 per cent decrease) than in April 2021.

In the south of England meanwhile, residents had been comparatively sheltered from rising inflation because of better public transport and better quality housing.

The Centre for Cities called on the UK Government to increase benefits in line with inflation, to introduce the £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit, and to provide those living in poorer-insulated homes with a one-off payment to help with soaring energy bills.

‘Further behind’

Centre for Cities Chief Executive Andrew Carter said: ‘The entire country has been impacted by the cost-of-living crisis but our research clearly shows some areas are being hit much harder than others.

“Worryingly, the North, Midlands, and Wales are struggling with higher rates of inflation that are further squeezing finances and leaving their residents hundreds of pounds worse off.

“These disparities prove that levelling up our cities to tackle spatial inequalities and futureproof the economy is more important than ever.

“In the short-term it is imperative that those most vulnerable are given the support they need to get through this crisis.

“Even while Westminster’s political situation is uncertain, ministers must act quickly to protect the areas most impacted and ensure they don’t fall even further behind.”

Welfare is reserved to the UK Government but the Welsh Government introduced a package in March including a £150 cost of living payment to eligible households and £25m to provide discretionary support for other purposes related to living costs.

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2 years ago

“Lack of public transport”, but as Mark Drakeford said, we benefit from being part of the UK, and as the Tory gov have pointed out, we will benefit from HS2, that is why we are paying towards its construction. We only have to be patient and wait for a Labour UK Gov and all will be well in Cymru, free beer tomorrow, but we know, tomorrow never comes. Annibyniaeth nawr. Indy now.

2 years ago

The Senedd wanted to give carer’s a bonus payment during covid but this wasn’t made exempt from Universal Credit calculation. Westminster wants to give cost of living crisis payment which suddenly is.

Anyway, don’t forget risk of flooding this winter for many homes in Wales. There’s a lot that HS2 money could have done here if the government in England wasn’t so….Tory.

G Horton-Jones
G Horton-Jones
2 years ago

Independence is the only answer to this permanent blight on our people

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