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Mum forced to choose which kids get Xmas presents as cost of living crisis hits

A mum-of-seven says that Britain’s cost of living crisis means that she will have to choose which of her kids get Christmas presents this year.

Jackie Hands says that while in a normal year she would get something for every member of her family, this Christmas she can only afford to get her youngest children.

“It’s hard, but you just have to manage so you find a way. There’s always a way,” she said.

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Jackie, 62, told the Manchester Evening News:“It’s hard to heat and eat but you have to do both no matter what the prices. I’ve used £10 worth of gas in two days. I’ve only had it on for a couple of hours in the morning and the evening".

“We’re not doing adult presents this year, just the kids," she explained. "My older kids understand, they know they won’t be getting anything. Normally I buy presents for everyone.

“I just take it a day at a time. The way things are at the moment, you just have to.”

Jackie lives in Blackley and Broughton, which is one of the areas hit particularly hard by the economic crisis, coming sixth on a list of places where people were most likely to struggle to get affordable food in a recent study by consumer group Which?.

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Kelly Broderick, who is also from the area, says she’s recently had to take on a second job just to make ends meet.

Kelly, who normally works as a childminder, says she can’t put her fees up to cope with soaring prices.

“It’s hard because I’m a childminder,” she said. “I haven’t put my prices up because the parents can’t afford it, so it’s coming out of my wages.

“My shopping has gone up, my shop used to be £140. Now it’s £190. I don’t go out as much and I’ve had to take on another job at Sainsbury’s."

Kelly, 45, added: “You just have to get on with it. Without my second job, I wouldn’t have any savings. I’m just working to live. I used to have money in the bank before all this started.”

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According to the Which? Research, the areas worst affected by the cost fo living crisis are:

1. Birmingham, Hodge Hill, West Midlands

2. Knowsley, North West

3. Houghton and Sunderland South, North East

4. Birmingham, Northfield, West Midlands

5. Birmingham, Perry Barr, West Midlands

6. Blackley and Broughton, North West

7. Bradford South, Yorkshire and The Humber

8. North West Durham, North East

9. Blaydon. North East

10. Bishop Auckland, North East.


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