Caroline Flint

Standing up for Don Valley.

MP listens to Asda shoppers and staff

Asda Caroline and RichardCaroline Flint MP visited Asda Rossington this week, where she met customers and heard first-hand about how they are juggling household budgets.

Customers and staff discussed a variety of topics with Caroline and provided insights into how they feel about the cost of living, economy and household finances; Government policies, and social issues.

GOOD TO EAT: Caroline joins Richard Major in the Home Bakery, added when Asda took over the store.

Caroline Flint MP commented: “It was great to meet Asda customers and staff in Rossington, a great opportunity to chat to local families in a neutral setting.  The cost of living is a real concern Rossington residents regularly raise with me.  Household finances are clearly under pressure, energy bills are soaring up £300 since 2010 and the Government’s benefits reforms are really beginning to bite.  So it was particularly useful to see and hear first-hand how families are managing their household finances.

“The cost of getting to work - bus fares and petrol were a concern; and for those with children, childcare costs were a big issue.  As one of the group said ‘at the end of the day you want to have enough money to enjoy life a little, that’s really hard at the moment’.

Caroline met staff at the Grange Lane store before having an hour long Q&A with customers and staff.

Asda arranged the visit as part of its ongoing Community Life scheme, which has seen the supermarket take steps to place its stores at the heart of their local communities, including opening up their doors for use by community groups and fundraising for local good causes.

Asda’s Mumdex, a survey of 5,500 mums of all ages, showed that 50% only part fill their car to save money and 60% have cut back on using heating at home.  Seven out of ten say they are budgeting more than a year ago, and seven in ten are spending less on family activities.

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