Heard the expression "You can't get blood from a stone?" It does seem to fit the current economic and energy crisis currently facing many people in U.K.
If you have some money coming in you may need to get creative to keep the wolves from your door!
Tightening your belt is another old expression but sometimes cutting back is not an option. If you only have enough money for the bare essentials you could be in trouble.
However there may be a few corners you can cut off your budget if you are money savvy and have some income.
British consumers are currently experiencing some food shortages and inflationary prices. It is a triple whammy for some as incomes are also being squeezed with the triple lock on pensions abandoned, allegedly only for this year, and the £20 a week Universal Credit uplift scrapped. The latter often helps people in work who are on low incomes.
We can only hope that as P.M Boris Johnson claims, all the above are temporary issues.
Here are some tried and tested hints to help you survive this financial nightmare.
The above are just a few ideas to save money. However if your situation is dire get advice from an organisation such as The Citizens Advice Bureau. They can help you address bad debts that need urgent action.
Never simply ignore escalating debts and warning letters from creditors.
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If you live in the UK and want to see what your MP has been up to, as far as voting in parliament and registering interests drop by My Society.
Simply enter your postcode to view details of your constituency Member of Parliament.
The results could be an eye-opener or confirm your best or worst thoughts on your MP.
I was surprised to find that my MP, who is a great asset to the area, had supported some votes which go against my views. However, you are never going to please all the people all of the time to quote one politicians.
On the whole my MP has more than proved his worth while in office. He works hard for his local constituents and the good of the country.
Check your MP and out to see if you can say the same!
In some cases it may be a case of them working for themselves and not you!
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In September Say It was launched as part of the My Society to restore deleted political speeches online.
As UK political parties gear up for the 2015 General Election they will have old baggage that they would rather discard-the electorate will want to review these archives though and check how many previous promises were broken and more.
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