Consumers in Northern Ireland face the worst cost of living crisis in decades. The Belfast Telegraph tracks and reports how price rises affect you.
Pushing my trolley through the supermarket, I pile the goods in one on top of the other. Chorizo sourced from the foothills of the Pyrenees, pasta in shiny blue and yellow packaging, spicy kimchi exactly like what you’d find in Korea, an avocado perhaps. After making my way home, I might sit down to whatever programme I’m currently watching on Netflix or go to my local café for a takeaway flat white.
Food prices will continue to rise until at least later this year and likely into next as farmers warn they are currently planting crops due on the market in 2023 while grappling with increased animal feed, energy and fertiliser costs now.
What’s this Assembly election really all about? Well, take a deep breath… in a nutshell — people working together for real change now to fix the health service, solve the cost of living crisis and allow us to be moving forward together in a union of people first before profit.
Five minutes before she’s due to hit the campaign trail, Diane Forsythe is dishing out chicken balls and chips to her children and trying to catch Thumper the rabbit who has escaped from his hutch.
Election candidates are hitting the streets ahead of the May 5 poll, knocking on doors, meeting constituents. But what exactly is being raised and what are the issues Northern Ireland voters want to see resolved – or, at least, improved? We asked a candidate in each of our constituencies to find out what gets the voters talking…
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