Challenge and big questions!

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The challenge

In this week's Learning Zone we saw how different people were affected by the cost of living crisis - Person A, Person B and Person C had different amounts of money and so had different struggles caused by inflation.

As a little reminder:

Person A runs a successful business that employs hundreds of people. They own several large houses and lots of expensive things

Person B has a good job and lives with their family in a comfortable house. They have some savings.

Person C has a job which is very important for their family because they have no savings. They rent a house and don’t own many things.

If you haven't had a go at the Learning Zone yet, go back and compete the video activity before answering the questions below.

The big questions

  • Who do you think will find the cost of living crisis the most difficult? Why? Be open-minded.
  • Who will have to make the biggest changes to the way they live? How? Why?
  • If you were in charge of the government, what would you do to help people? For example, by reducing prices on certain things, or giving help to certain people.

Choose one question from the list above and write your answer in the comments section. We look forward to reading your opinions!

Comments (14)

  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg encouraging_elderberry | Graveney School | United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2022

    I believe that Person C will find it most difficult because they earn the least and have no savings to support their families but with inflation becoming the norm, all of these people will suffer as they need to pay more for things. Even if you are richer there are still problems when prices rise but person C will suffer quite a lot as they don't have the backup funds so will have to change forever the way these use fuel, eat, and how much they buy. If I was in charge of the government, I would introduce funds for people really struggling with paying bills because many of these families will be unable to buy enough food to support themselves and those in their families.

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      encouraging_elderberry's comment 22 Jun 2022

      What a well-explained response! Well done encouraging_elderberry. Don't forget to check out this week's advice on how to win stars.

  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg digital_wildcat | Graveney School | United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2022

    Costs are going up madly now and inflation Is uncontrollable. Some people are really struggling money wise and are near bankruptcy. This is a serious problem now and society needs to get fixed.

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      digital_wildcat's comment 22 Jun 2022

      Do you have any suggestions about what governments could do to help people who are struggling for money during inflation? For example, how could people be supported to get essentials like food?

  • Ormiston Sudbury Academy crafty_peach | Ormiston Sudbury Academy | United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2022

    If you were in charge of the government, what would you do to help people is what I chose and how I will do it is lower the price(not by taking the tag price and lowering) so it’s cheaper to stop the people who are panic buyers and take everything so everyone can have what they need. Also another way to do this is growing our own crops and that way it is easier to get our own food and share to homeless people, some like shelter more around the place as where I live I don’t see one and it’s better for homeless people and who can’t live. Giving a Cash Gift is helpful to people so they have more money to be fed and can go to school, also some company’s like Everyday loans provide you some money 💰 to help with finance stuff. My conclusion is that we should help people where ever if it’s physical, mentally, emotionally or just one time will make a difference.-crafty_peach

    1. avatar.jpg Jane @ KPMG
      crafty_peach's comment 24 Jun 2022

      Hi crafty_peach, thank you very much for your creative insights! I like your idea of growing your own food! By growing your own crops, the price will be lower as it's not profit driven. It's also important to think of the situation - we live in inflation which means every cost will be higher than usual. Please could you think further on how can we implement this idea of growing your own crops whilst the cost of it is likely to be higher?

      1. Ormiston Sudbury Academy crafty_peach | Ormiston Sudbury Academy | United Kingdom
        Jane @ KPMG's comment 27 Jun 2022

        Well this is how it will go. We need land to grow the fruits and vegetables and most people have a garden which has grass and it’s in a good deal, but not everybody have a good garden or don’t have one either so we have allotment to grow and you get paid if you work and get food for a free price (my mum grow tomatoes 🍅 in the summer so we don’t have to buy lots of tomatoes but we still do due to the time it takes) and if we have fruits and vegetables grow all year around we get what we need. Next is the seeds so it can be anything but there is a catch, not all fruit and vegetables 🌶🍎🌽 come from England like the green beans come from Kenya as the place is in the equator where it’s perfect for the beans to grow and we are not in the equator so we need to think carefully about what we put and when to put as different food is grown in different seasons , and the last thing is if we don’t have good weather for plants how we going to be fed and that’s lead to the economic area where people who can’t afford will be giving a certain amount of money to get food and pay stuff like bills and taxes so we can all live and if the weather is not good there will be a certain amount of food which will be the backup so everybody who can’t afford can get and can be donations because there is kind people out there who will love to donate food and that can be one of you people who are reading this as there is some shops like Aldi you can donate anything which can be food, furniture or anything that will help this world to be greener, healthy and lovable💝.-crafty_peach.

  • British Council.jpg amazing_reflection | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    23 Jun 2022

    * The one who'll be affected the most is person C since he is considered from the low income earners who already buys the essential needs before the crisis and now he os obliged to buy less than the essentials because his income is limited and he has to equalize between the needs, and sometimes he'll be obliged to even not buy the needs because he doesn't have the enough money.
    * Other people might say that person C will be obliged to have big changed because he is the poor one and he will start to buy only the necessaries. However I think person C's life won't change a lot because before and after the crisis he just brings necessaries. However person B will be affected the most, the one who was so comfortable to buy the luxuries and unnecessary things, the one who was in welfare now has to change, he has now to keep on the needs for him and his family yo stay on track of life
    * Some people would say that if they were in government they would provide people with money to buy their needs and so on. However, I think that the main solution for that and if I were in the government is to fight monopolism because in such crisis people start to exploit each other to earn more money.
    Personal Experience: In Lebanon inflation is also here, and people are suffering from the prices how they're flying, and this is mainly because the of the monopolism in fuel, nutrition, bread and so on because they know that people are in need for them and will buy them either way so they start to increase the prices so that they earn a lot more money...

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      amazing_reflection's comment 24 Jun 2022

      Thank you for sharing what the situation is like for people in Lebanon, amazing_reflection. This is a very well-thought-through comment, great job.

  • British Council.jpg quick_banana | Makini Academy | Kenya
    23 Jun 2022

    i find that person c will find it the hardest because they have no support their family and they'll have to stop paying for electricity and Wi-Fi in order to pay for rent and food and since they only have 10 coins and the prices of food and fuel are going up. soon they wont be able to pay for their rent. if I was in charge of the government I would start introducing backup funds for people that cant pay rent and buy food for their family and add jobs with higher pay (for those in small towns and villages ) so that they can provide for their families

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      quick_banana's comment 24 Jun 2022

      That's a good idea, interesting_banana. To create back up funds, governments would need to take the money from somewhere else - for example, they might have to spend less on another area of running the country, such as healthcare, the army or roads and houses. Where do you think they should take the money from? One of these places, or somewhere else?

  • Cardinal Langley RC High School |United Kingdom patient_antelope | Cardinal Langley RC High School |United Kingdom
    24 Jun 2022

    I believe everyone will suffer because of the living crisis no matter how much money they make or what their salary is.
    Person A:
    Person A will suffer the least as they earn the most money per month, however as inflation rises they will still be able to afford rent, fuel, school supplies, food, etc. but they may have to start minimizing their purchases (expensive clothes). As person A is used to living a lavish lifestyle, to them this may seem like a big change.
    Person B:
    Person B will have to limit their spending on expensive items and will not be able to afford to buy new school supplies. They will be able to afford rent, bills, food. This will probably be a big change for them however they will not suffer the most.
    Person C:
    Person C, in my opinion, will suffer the most as they will only be able to afford food and rent. I believe this is completely unacceptable. The government will most likely do nothing to help them yet it is their fault that inflation is occurring. They have no savings so they will not be able to afford bills, school supplies, etc.

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      patient_antelope's comment 24 Jun 2022

      This is a very balanced view of the situation, well done patient_antelope!

  • Cheam Fields logo excellent_solution | Cheam Fields Primary Academy A | United Kingdom
    28 Jun 2022

    I think Person C will find it the hardest because they earn the least money and then as paying more money for food will make them have less and less money until they may start living in poverty which would be horrible and nobody would want that but at the same time person A has a lot of money and he probably doesn't need that much meaning he could give some money away to people with less money such as Person C.

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