Politicians should be earning £1300/month. Then you will see how quick they would do something about the cost of living. At the moment, they do not give a flying fuck as they are loaded anyway.


This exactly. They’re not effected by it.


MLAs only earn like 57k, fuck all really


Yeah it’s only nearly double the average salary of a full time employee in Northern Ireland, I think people are being very hard on our poor MLAs.


Well I wouldn't get out of bed for 57k. Luckily they get their expenses to pay for food and employ their family otherwise they would need to go to the food banks no doubt.


Lol, fucking snowflakes clearly don't understand sarcasm.


I hope you have people who love you buddy.


This is pretty much it. The world energy markets are putting up prices because the cats are away. Once stormont is back they will shit themselves and lower the prices again


So in other words, we can get use to prices going up.


Yes if we think these Muppets can do anything about it


Aye, they all used language like ‘tackle the cost of living’ in the manifestos, nobody said they’d actually lower the costs.


Very true, it’s all in the damn wording isn’t it and a hell of a lot of people fell for it. “ We want back to tackle the cost of living crisis” only we can’t actually do anything about it but we’ll look at it yeah.


They're also needed to be in office to approve things like food bank funding.


Yeah thats pritty much why social policies fail in the long term. But consider that across the whole of the UK as well. Its a good case of the price has gone up because there is a shortage of something eg gas for example. So... when you fund people to buy more gas... you just drive the price up further since supply has not increased but the avilable money has. House prices / rent is a good example of that. Where rent has massivly increased because of a rental shortage and a non compeditive market. So what does goverment do? Add more restrictions on landlord and more of them leave the market. Which... drives prices up.... where the correct solution is actually flood the market with cheaper houses forcing the land lords to compete. eg build them or subsidize people to build them. Note: If you attempt funding it by "printing cash" you then cause inflation which double down on the problem as well. This would be Europe / UK / USD. EUR: [https://www.statista.com/statistics/254220/value-of-euro-coins-in-circulation-since-2002/](https://www.statista.com/statistics/254220/value-of-euro-coins-in-circulation-since-2002/) GBP: [https://www.statista.com/statistics/922225/uk-banking-total-money-supply-m2/](https://www.statista.com/statistics/922225/uk-banking-total-money-supply-m2/) USD: https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/money-supply-m2 Money "makers" go brrrrrrrrr!!!! cause of covid. | It’s Rishi Sunak that controls the purse strings. Or have I missed something? Yeah in this case some of the cost of living stuff is out of UK control as well. Simple because Russia turned the gas off. Need to let putin die first... then we can probably "fix it" More achivable solutions for here would be build 100,000 houses by yesterday and add cheap petrol, gas supplies with surplus supply. Takes a while though to start drilling holes in the ground. Fact of the matter here since the annex of crimea in 2008. the EU did absolutly NOTHING to remove its energy dependancy on Russia and now we are paying the price for that. "On 5 January 2009 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin instructed Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller to reduce natural gas exports to Europe via transshipment through Ukraine by quantities equivalent to the amounts of gas which Ukraine had allegedly diverted from the pipelines since deliveries ended on 1 January 2009." [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia%E2%80%93Ukraine\_gas\_disputes#:\~:text=On%205%20January%202009%20Russian,ended%20on%201%20January%202009](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia%E2%80%93Ukraine_gas_disputes#:~:text=On%205%20January%202009%20Russian,ended%20on%201%20January%202009). This is right around the time Russia started building gas pipelines to China to remove its economic dependancy on the EU in terms of having to supply it gas..... eg EU imported 45% of its gas from Russia. [https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/cache/infographs/energy/bloc-2c.html](https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/cache/infographs/energy/bloc-2c.html) Yup.. you missed a few minor details or something ;)


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Great post. If it’s out of Rishi’s hands it’s well and truly beyond Stormonts control


If they all resigned, would save a fortune!


There is stuff they can do but it will all be much smaller than needed. They can provide extra money via benefits and obviously they do control some local taxes like rates (although any relief here doesn’t help anyone who isn’t a property owner). They have already frozen public transport fares too for this year. They also directly control the housing executive. Because the cost of living is mostly being driven by energy costs they could insulate homes to save people money but it would be hugely expensive. The only other thing we have is the utility regulator which manages how much we pay for electricity and gas. I would if they could do more to reduce the price rise burden. Oh and they could regulate home heating oil too. The recent price spike and panic buying shows that market is clearly unfair too.


Well this might be somewhat helpful for some people I guess. Just not really the poor who don’t own there own home. Heating oil definitely needs something done about it, it’s on the rise again after a slight drop


| Heating oil definitely needs something done about it The actual solution here it to go get more out of the ground. Trying to regulate the price isn't actually going to increase supply. In fact when you make it more affordable you get more people using it which drives the demand higher which raises the price. The reality of that is the bottom X% of the population get kicked out the bottom of being able to afford stuff as a consequances. It sucks. There is things people can do.. Most of which involves switching fuel sources eg burn wood. Take an axe to the woods... Or switch to coal and live 1900's style. Like I used to make it a year on about 1000 litres of oil. Which is about £1000 now. Yet you can buy a metric ton of coal for £300-350 which is actually 50\*20kg bags... Which is more than enough to heat a house for a year. Heres how we used to do it when people could not afford transport [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBqfcMXL4Bw](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBqfcMXL4Bw)


They can line thier own fuckin pockets, wait they get that money anyway... I guess it could trickle down?


A lot of our politics are very frustrating and for most of the UK it's a first past the post system which is not very reflective of an area. After this however, across the board, they are generally untouchable until an election comes around. we cant get them out of office for failing to operate, so the DUP have the votes they need to get into being the second largest party but them walking away holds little threat for them. they get a pay check and do nothing. even thon girl that appears hear from the shankill at least can roll a joint.