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Cost of living crisis probed in Waltham Forest
Rises in fares on public transport, private rents and utility bills are helping to pushing people into a cost of living crisis, according to London Assembly Member, Jennette Arnold.
Ms Arnold is undertaking a survey in Waltham Forest to find out how people are coping with the squeeze on their finances.
Residents of Hackney and Islington will also be asked to fill out the online survey, the results of which will be presented to the Mayor of London.
Ms Arnold says residents living in zones 1 to 4 have seen transport fares go up by 36 per cent since 2008, while fares are expected to rise again by an average of 4 per cent in 2014.
In Waltham Forest, private rents rose by 5.9 per cent from October 2011 to September 2012, an increase of £661 a year, while average wages have decreased, she claimed.
Ms Arnold said:“I encourage all residents to take part in this survey and let me know whether they are affected by the cost of living crisis.
“We know already that many residents are struggling. Wages are flat-lining and inflation-busting fare rises amount to a tax on work.”
To fill out the survey visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5DM8PHC
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