Vanessa Feltz says she is 'worried' to discuss cost of living crisis on TV

Vanessa Feltz attending the Action for Children's The Ultimate News Quiz 2022, at the Grand Connaught Rooms, central London. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2022.
Vanessa Feltz attending the Action for Children's The Ultimate News Quiz 2022 (PA)

Vanessa Feltz has admitted that she is 'worried' to discuss the UK's cost of living crisis on TV.

The broadcaster was discussing the economic state of Britain on This Morning with stand-in hosts Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond with Feltz confessing she did not like talking about the topic.

She said: "It’s not surprising because the more you hear cost of living crisis, the more worried you get and the more it’s covered in the news."

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Feltz discussed how rolling news had an impact on mental health during the crisis: "We’ve got 24 hour rolling news absolutely everywhere, people beaming into their phones every five seconds. You just can’t escape it.

"Every time you hear it, you get more and more nervous, worried, panic-stricken, especially if you’re on a limited income and you don’t know what to do to increase it or you can’t increase it."

Vanessa Feltz on This Morning. (ITV)
Vanessa Feltz on This Morning. (ITV)

Feltz also addressed her role in covering these turbulent economic times: "I’ve been worried about covering it on television programmes and the radio because I reckon if you can’t think of a constructive thing to say, maybe shut up about it for a bit, because it just panics people."

She added: "And yet we’re not offering any help or any solution, it’s very worrying."

Over the last 12 months, inflation and the cost of household bills have skyrocketed for a variety of reasons including Brexit and Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The use of foodbanks in the UK has also increased with the prices of some basic foods swelling in price.

As colder than expected weather sets in, less people are turning their heating on because of the cost which is leading to issues such as mould and damp as well as health problems.

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