“I cannot live no more, do you understand me. It’s upsetting and sometimes I sit down here when I’m on my own, and Joan’s in bed, and I will just sit there and cry and think ‘is it worth it?'”

A man has broken down in tears saying he doesn’t have Christmas decorations as he can’t even afford food.

Roy Herring and his wife Joan are struggling to live on just £228 a week. The couple appeared on BBC Breakfast and revealed they’re not celebrating Christmas this year due to the cost of living crisis.

Joan explained that she used to enjoy putting lights up outside. However they won’t be able to afford the extra electric use this winter as bills surge.

 

When asked what the couple were giving up this Christmas , Roy said: “Everything. Food. Clothing. Cost of living – can’t afford it.”

Roy emotionally added: “I cannot live no more, do you understand me. It’s upsetting and sometimes I sit down here when I’m on my own, and Joan’s in bed, and I will just sit there and cry and think ‘is it worth it?'”

He went on to say how important it has been to have neighbours helping him out “in more ways that one”, before becoming overcome with emotion. The couple explained that they were struggling to live on just £228 a week.

The BBC also spoke to neighbours Shannon and Tom who decided they won’t buy presents for each other this year, but instead focus on buying some presents for their children. She said: “Just trying to dial back on everything really, just to make sure we stay afloat.”

 

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