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Helping the Homeless: The Cost of Living

It is undeniable that the cost of living in recent years has skyrocketed. The prices of the most commonplace everyday items as well as expensive luxury items have gradually crept up, pricing normal people out of the essentials. Although these general costs have gone up, wages haven’t necessarily followed suit. The average salary in the UK is £26,394, but after taking off funds for living essentials, that doesn’t leave people with a lot of disposable income.

Plus, add to that the incredible rate of inflation when it comes to property – the average UK house price for someone born between 1920 and 1940 worked out at just £66,322 in today’s money, compared to £74,096 in 1999 and a staggering £284,538 in 2015. Unsurprisingly, some families across the UK really struggle to make ends meet. That doesn’t come as a surprise when you realise that is a shocking rise of more than four times as much for today as for the earliest figure.

A Bleak Reality

Many people who find themselves in this situation are too ashamed to ask for help, which only worsens the problem as they fall into a spiral of poverty. In extreme cases, people can be left struggling to provide for their families, as they are unable to provide food and basic necessities. As the situation worsens, it can even lead to homelessness, as people simply cannot afford to buy or rent with the inflated property prices, especially in the major cities such as London. 

At this time of year, homelessness is a real issue. The freezing temperatures, bad weather, and long, dark nights make sleeping rough a real hardship. During the winter months, homelessness can also be extremely dangerous. Although there are no official statistics for the numbers of homeless people in the UK at any one time, due to the difficulties associated with the accurate recording of figures, a recent survey suggests that as many as 1 in every 200 people are homeless here in the UK.

Helping the Homeless with Homeless Charity

Here at Muslim Aid, it is our mission to keep on helping the homeless living on our streets this winter. To that end, we have launched our Winter Campaign. It aims to provide relief to people in need around the world at winter. At home here in the UK, we have been helping the homeless and elderly each winter since 2011. We distribute food and other essential items to the homeless and provide keep warm kits, which could literally save a life. 

However, we need your help to keep on helping the homeless and successfully providing aid to people sleeping rough year after year. Share the Love and help us to help them by donating to our winter appeal this year.

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