cost of living

Dogs Trust poll reveals owners' concerns: Four in ten say this winter will be even tougher than last years

A poll carried out for Dogs Trust by YouGov shows that four in ten (40%) of the UK’s dog owners fear it will be even harder to give their dogs all they need this coming winter than it was last year.

Following a record number of enquiries* from owners about giving up their dogs last year, Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest canine charity, set out to discover whether this winter will be...

Commuting Chaos: 8 Million Commuters Borrowed Money to Get to Work in the Last 12 Months

The cost of living crisis is forcing millions of commuters to have to borrow money in order to get to work with a shocking number of people even having to use payday loans, a new study has revealed.

As motorists and train commuters feel the pinch as the cost of living crisis continues and inflation continues to rise, the study has revealed that almost half of commuters have had to...

“Students in the South West more resilient – but cost-of-living crisis is hitting hard”, according to new research

Over three quarters of students in the South West (78%) feel that the cost-of-living crisis has impacted their overall university experience, according to a UK Student Wellbeing Survey commissioned by global leaders in online study success solutions Studiosity.

Responses from 198 South West students, out of 2,050 students overall, found that 77% are greatly or somewhat concerned about...

Councils to receive additional funds to help support households with rising food and energy costs

Devon County Council has secured additional funding to help households weather the rising costs of living, to help pay for food, energy and other essential items.

This is the fourth tranche of the government's Household Support Fund that the County Council has been able to secure.

The latest bid amounts to a little over £10 million, to cover the period from April 2023 until...

Devon employees to benefit from company’s cost of living support package

Employees at RGB Building Supplies are to benefit from a comprehensive financial support package to provide help during the current challenging times.

The Independent Builders Merchant Group (IBMG) – which includes RGB building Supplies – are providing employees with a one-off winter payment of £500 in January to help with the rising cost of living.

In addition, through IBMG’s...

Coping with the cost of living crisis: Alzheimer’s Society offers advice to people affected by dementia in Devon

With prices rising and temperatures plunging, people affected by dementia in Devon are facing especially challenging times over the festive season and beyond.

Alzheimer’s Society has warned that, as the scale of the cost of living crisis widens, there is growing evidence those with the condition, including an estimated 14,910 in Devon are being hit hard.

A recent survey by...

Motorists Want Government To Put Brakes On Diesel Car Sale Ban

A recent study by fuel card comparison website iCompario has revealed two-thirds of UK motorists are against the proposed ban on selling petrol and diesel cars after 2030.

  • Two thirds of Brits say they disagree with planned ban on selling diesel cars in 2030
  • Three quarters of people don’t believe they can afford to make the switch to electric vehicles
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Trading Standards warn of loan sharks as households borrow to meet rising costs

More than a quarter of people are resorting to using credit cards to buy food, and a fifth have borrowed money in order to pay for rising prices, it’s reported .

A poll by Ipsos, carried out for Sky News, shows that 18 per cent of respondees have borrowed money in the last year to pay for rising costs of living.

“Borrowing from reputable sources is one thing, but people, who...

Free support for South West businesses to boost resilience

As the cost of living crisis continues to impact the prices of energy, fuel and commodities, local businesses across Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay are being urged to make the most of available support to boost their resilience.

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub offers free, impartial, expert business advice, and has a range of programmes and grants available to help...

Advice from RGB: How small changes can help reduce energy bills this winter

With the head of Ofgem, the UK’s energy regulator, warning that the annual household energy bills are likely to rise by a further £800 when the price cap is adjusted in October, RGB Building Supplies is giving advice to local households about cost-effective changes they could make to receive a potential saving of up to £700 on the average yearly energy bill*.

Paul West, Branch...