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Cost of Living

Welcome to Portsmouth city council’s Cost of Living blog.

A Portsmouth-eye view of the challenges we all face as a city dealing with the rising cost of living. Read stories about you the resident, our unique city and the communities we live in, and find practical advice that means something to you.

Got something to say? We really want to hear your stories so if you’d like to contribute to our blog, email us at

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HIVE Uniform Share Store, easing the pressure on your pocket and the planet.

February 13, 2024

Find out how the HIVE Portsmouth are helping to ease the pressure on parents pockets and the planet with their school uniform share store.

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Watch out for sharks! The hidden pitfalls of illegal borrowing and alternatives to expensive loans.

January 19, 2024

In this blog post we look at what a loan shark is, what to do if you have borrowed money from one and what the alternatives are.

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Twas the night before Christmas

December 22, 2023

Find useful money saving tips, craft ideas and well-being advice from our 2023, low-cost Christmas advent calendar.

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