I am seeking the views of Enfield and Haringey residents about the cost of living in London to find out how people are coping with the rising costs of utility bills and transport fares with my cost of living survey.
Enfield residents living in up to zone 6 have already seen a 27.1 per cent increase in TfL fares since Boris became Mayor in 2008, whilst residents in Haringey, in up to zone 4 have already seen a 35.6 per cent increase . Train providers will be raising their fares in 2014 by RPI + 1 per cent. This means fares will rise by an average of 4.1 per cent, but the maximum individual fares can be increased is by up to 9.1 per cent. The Mayor of London has yet to announce the increase in Transport for London fares.
On top of that, private rents in Enfield went up by 6.9 per cent, which amounts to £798 a year from October 2011 to September 2012, and increased by 7.6 per cent in Haringey, amounting to £969 a year. Meanwhile there has been little change in wages.
I would encourage all residents to take part in this survey and let me know whether they are affected by the cost of living crisis. We need as many people to take part as possible so we can understand the scale of the cost of living crisis in Enfield and Haringey.
The Mayor must realise the financial pressure on Londoners. Boris needs to listen and not make life harder for Londoners by putting up TfL fares this year yet again. Wages are flat-lining and inflation-busting fare rises amount to a tax on work.
You can take part in the survey online or there are a limited number of hard-copy surveys which I can send you if you get in touch.