Former NHS nurse forced to set up Go Fund Me page to pay essential bills

Fuel, food and energy prices have soared for millions of people in the UK in recent weeks, aggravated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – forcing families to take desperate measures

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Man demands financial support for woman named Thelma

Families have set up Go Fund Me pages to pay their bills amid soaring prices and an inflation figure forecast to hit a forty-year high by the fall.

It comes as food, fuel, council tax and energy prices continue to soar, pushing average heating bills by £700 and petrol to record levels – even with a 6p tax cut.

Workers will also have to pay more Social Security from this month, adding 1.25 percentage points to each contribution they make.

David Babsky has set up a Go Fund Me page to help Thelma Spalding, a former NHS worker who is no longer able to work.

She resorts to crowdfunding because she can’t afford the essential payments. Ms. Spalding relies on nurses and a walking stick.

Mr Babsky said he was moved into action after hearing Ms Spalding’s story in a recent BBC report, in which she recounted how she couldn’t turn on her heating.

Ms. Spalding relies on nurses and a walking stick

He sent Ms Spalding a check to help with her bills and set up the Go Fund Me page which has raised more than £1,000 so far.

“Thelma is freezing,” Mr. Babsky said in a video posted online. “She’s freezing in bed because she can’t afford to heat her house. She needs our help.”

When David visited her, he said she was “extremely grateful” for people’s donations.

Meanwhile, a separate Go Fund Me page has been set up for a woman named Marilyn to help her family ‘survive’ rising energy bills.

“Honestly I’m so embarrassed to have to do this but things have gotten really bad and I have nowhere to turn now,” read a message on the site.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has been criticized for not doing enough to help people with mounting bills – including claims he has blocked changes to the £200 energy loan.

It follows the largest decline in living standards since the 1950s.

The £200 loan will be offered to households this winter – but it will have to be repaid over five years.

Households will also be offered a £150 tax refund this month, but only if you live in bands A to D.

It so happens that government supports such as the State Pension and Universal Credit are increasing today – but at only half the inflation rate of 3.1%.

One reader, Mr Bonham, 69, said the pension increase made him feel his generation was “sold down the river and lied to”.

“The lifting of the triple lockdown has been a total disgrace, £5.50 a week is ridiculous,” he added.

Another retiree, Richard Brown, said: “I have no income other than my state pension.

“My council tax is £225 a month, my electricity is £100 a month. I live in the countryside. I have a thatched roof which costs me £125 a month just to build and no furniture as I can’t afford it.

“I have oil central heating which cost me £338 for 500L a month ago. It’s now 500L for £700.

“It doesn’t include grocery bills or gas for my car. How can I afford all these payouts on a state pension?

To receive the full state pension, you must have at least 10 “qualifying” years of work and 35 years of Social Security contributions on your proof of employment.

Those drawing the new State Pension will get a 3.1% increase in their payments – or £5.56 a week.

Over the year that’s an additional £289.50.

But those who reached retirement age before 6 April 2016 will see their payments rise to £141.85 a week or £221.81 a year because they’re on the old State Pension.

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