News Story

We're all experiencing ever-rising prices and relatively stationary wages. But, for some, the impact is proving devastating. Dave and Leïla headed to Swansea to talk candidly with local folk about the crisis, and hear their stories.

While some of us are cutting back on seeing friends, lots face starker choices. Keep warm or eat. Pay rent or buy clothes for the kids. These are everyday choices for many, many people. And the result? Anxiety, fear, sleepless nights and skipped meals.

Moomal from Race Council Cymru openly admitted she doesn’t know where to turn for help. Her wage stays the same, yet everything else is going up: bills, fees, food, clothes.

If you're one facing the crisis by cutting back on eating out, it's difficult to imagine the brutal, existential choices that people on the frontline of this crisis face. That's why we have to listen to these voices and take action.

It's not just individuals. Businesses are suffering too. Dave and Leïla also spoke to traders at Swansea Market. Fishmongers are seeing a fall in trade. Butchers are selling cheaper cuts. Without a change and without action, people are just one missed wage slip or late payment away from disaster.

People want help. They want advice. They want productive and safe lives. It’s getting harder and harder to see past the relentless insecurity. Where are the solutions coming from?

The Cost of Living aims to spark conversations and inspire change. Counting the Cost of Living invites the people in positions of power to exchange roles with citizens and organisations.

Guests who have power might find new ways to use it in the service of people and communities. Guests who may currently feel powerless may see a way they can make a difference.

Shirish Kulkarni
Curator of the Counting the Cost of Living conversations

Be part of the conversation. Join us at Swansea Grand from 18-25 March.