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Street plagued by poverty where needy residents cannot even afford Easter eggs

“My partner has worked all his life and he has to pay his state pension bills for me, for everything. It makes me awful. We try to find the cheapest food.”

Donna Skeffington, 55, has admitted she can't even afford Easter eggs due to the increased cost of living
Donna Skeffington, 55, has admitted she can’t even afford Easter eggs due to the increased cost of living

A granny on one of Salford’s poorest streets has confessed she can’t even afford Easter eggs for her grandchildren – and has to borrow her son just to pay the bills.

Donna Skeffington, 55, has been trying to find the cheapest place to eat to save money as her older partner needs the heater.

But because of rising gas costs, she has to use blankets instead of turning on the heat, Manchester evening news reports.

The grandmother of four hails from Ordsall in Salford, the third most deprived area in Greater Manchester and the 18th most deprived area in England, according to the latest Multiple Deprivation Indices data.







Melissa Speed ​​was forced to go to a charity for breakfast and dinner
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She said: “My partner is 69 and he doesn’t like to be cold – we have to turn on the heating. We throw blankets over him, but he doesn’t like it,” she says. Sometimes we have to borrow something from our son, he never asks for it back.

“My partner has worked all his life and he has to pay his state pension bills for me, for everything. It makes me awful.

“We just have to try to deal with it. We try to find the cheapest food. We’re fine at the moment, but things could go bad very quickly.

“You just have to deal with that. You can’t do anything about it; you can’t starve and you have to keep the heating on.

“We had to cut everything,” says the 55-year-old while sheltering from the rain. “We can’t afford to go out, we can’t afford anything.

“We have kids who have to go to food banks these days. It makes me depressed. I have four grandchildren – I can’t even afford to buy them an Easter egg.”

Salford’s Melissa Speed ​​recently had her PIP (Personal Independence Payment) benefit suspended. She is now getting £140 to give her for two weeks.

“I can’t cope at all,” said the 42-year-old. “I have to get food packages.

“Once I’ve done the gas and electricity and bought food, I’ve got nothing. I go around collecting dimps because I can’t afford my own tobacco. We go to a charity to get breakfast and dinner.”

Andrew Blenkhorn from Swinton plans to buy his granddaughter a present from Poundland.

“I’m struggling with gas and electricity, it went up,” says the 53-year-old. “It’s that time of year, isn’t it, that all the utility bills, council taxes, groceries and everything else are going up.

“I’m doing an online shop just for the sake of arguments. Last week there was something that was a pound but then it had gone up to £2.95.







Andrew Blenkhorn says he has to look around to find the cheapest food.
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“You have to look around to find the cheapest food. I live alone and can cook so I make enough meals and freeze them to save money. My bills are increasing even though I have credit.

“I feel sorry for my daughter. She’s a community health visitor and a single mom, but she has childcare expenses and everything else.

“The prices of everything are going up. I get a PIP allowance but I’m about to put any money into my overdraft and that only affects the basics like groceries and bills.

“It’s killing me. I’ve noticed that even things have gone up at Amazon.”

Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey has called for the town’s status to be upgraded “as a matter of urgency”. She says much of Salford is in dire need of regeneration.

Worsley and Eccles South MP Barbara Keeley described the Government’s “lack of centralized support” for a city where voters have to choose between heating and eating as “appalling”.

However, the government says the system used to calculate the index is “fair, robust and transparent”. They say the focus in determining priority is on productivity, unemployment, skills, transportation, and commercial and residential vacancy rates.

The Government last week updated its list of Category 1 areas – seen as most in need of improvement and first in line for funding.

Places like Chorley, Wirral, Kirklees and Allerdale and Copeland have been upgraded to the first category. Rishi Sunak’s wealthy Richmondshire constituency in Yorkshire also falls into this category.

However, Salford remains in category two and is the only place in Greater Manchester not in the top category.

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