cost of living
Disabled people are struggling to access ‘lifeline’ services amid the cost-of-living crisis
University of Bristol research has uncovered a dire national picture around disabled people’s financial wellbeing. We spoke to locals who are worrying about heating bills and visiting crucial social spaces less often.
People power: how can community electricity grids help tackle the energy crisis?
A small-scale ‘microgrid’ scheme in Lawrence Weston is helping a group of Bristol homeowners take power into their own hands – but how can we supercharge community energy projects to benefit everyone?
Cost of living crisis takes its toll on Bristol’s Somali community
Over the winter, there was a spike in people from Bristol's Somali community seeking help with living costs, with families finding it increasingly difficult to get by while also providing financial support for relatives back home in Somalia.
Emergency insulation kits and advice to help Bristol households through the winter months
As people on low incomes struggle with the energy crisis, Bristol Energy Network will support hundreds of households with insulation materials and training. But with thousands struggling, much broader action is needed.
‘Academic and support staff are suffering – it’s time for universities to dip into their rainy day funds’
University of Bristol staff deserve a pay rise after years of real-terms cuts, so why won’t it lift salaries? Recent growth is unsustainable, and investing in pay could help not just workers but local businesses and the city.