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Summary

  • The cost of living is leading to considerable behaviour changes in many different areas of life.
  • Comparable data has been included where possible from the residents survey (Autumn 2022). Caution should be taken when comparing the effects of the cost of living crisis on the SEND community versus the local population as a whole (given when the residents data was collected and other differences between the two surveys). However, it is clear that many local SEND families are looking to cut their grocery bills and use less energy. Worryingly, higher proportions of local SEND families (compared to the local population as a whole) are using food banks, finding themselves borrowing money, and using credit

Which of the following are you doing, or is happening to you, because your cost of living has increased? - SEND 2023

Base: Total sample 2023 (299)

This chart shows that due to the cost of living increase:
76% of SEND families are buying cheaper or less food
74% are trying to use less electricity or gas
66% are cutting back on other non-essentials
61% are cutting back on paid social / leisure activities
58% are shopping around more
31% are travelling less by car
31% borrowing money
29% are using their savings
27% are using credit
22% are skipping meals to feed their child/ren
20% are working more hours
19% are travelling less by public transport
16% are unable to pay an important bill
12% have started to use food banks and larders
10% are finding alternatives to paid childcare
6% are using food banks and larders more.

Which of the following are you doing, or is happening to you, because your cost of living has increased? - PCC residents survey

Base: PCC residents survey (1,643)

This chart shows that due to the cost of living increase
70% of Portsmouth residents are cutting back on other non-essentials
56% are trying to use less electricity and gas
51% are buying cheaper / less food
48% are shopping around more
44% are travelling less by car
38% are using their savings
26% are skipping meals to feed their child/ren
22% are using credit
17% are working more hours
12% are borrowing money
9% are unable to pay an important bill
4% have started using food banks and larders
3% are finding alternatives to paid childcare
1% are using food banks / larders more.