How is the cost of living affecting our leisure decisions.
The continued rise of cost of living will leave people having to give up leisure activities like going out to eat, shopping or to the cinema.
Last month Rishi Sunak announced extra financial support for those struggling with the increased inflation. It has now been announced these households could receive the £650 grant within the next few weeks.
But with this money set to help with fundamental needs like food, heating, and petrol, activities normally taken for granted may have to be given up.
Sam, a duty manager from Cinema City in Norwich said: “Cinemas offer an escape from the day to day and are there to enrich people’s lives through an artform.”
It seems there is still a real demand for entertainment like cinemas especially with people wanting to escape the hardships of daily life.
The £650 grant will be paid to people who receive means-tested benefits which include those on:
Child Tax Credit
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Working Tax Credit
Sam explains the cinema “takes [people] out of their problems for two hours or challenges them because film is a very powerful medium so I think cinema is very important”
With the summer holidays fast approaching many families will be thinking about activities they can fill the weeks with. But as the publics’ financial priorities are focusing on food and warmth, people like Sam may be expecting a lull in customers.
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