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The cost of living crisis is having significant and devastating impacts on the people across the UK. The Victims Commissioner for the West Midlands, Nicky Brennan wants to understand the true effects of the cost of living crisis for those across the region. The West Midlands Metropolitan Area has disproportionate levels of deprivation and poverty in comparison to the rest of the country, so we recognise that people in the region are likely to be disproportionately affected by the cost of living crisis.

Please fill in this survey below to help us understand the implications that the cost of living crisis is having on people across the West Midlands.

The deadline for responses is Thursday 25th August 2022 at 12pm.

We’ll use findings from this survey in our policy, research, fundraising and communications materials. The data collected in this survey will be completely anonymous and will not be able to be traced back to those that complete it. The data collected will be analysed by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner to understand the cost of living crisis and produce a top-level finding report.

Any identifying factors will be removed, such as people’s names or place names. However, please be aware that it may still be possible for someone who knows you very well to identify any quotes we use from your responses. Your response to this survey will be securely stored. Your survey response will be kept for one year after publication of the research findings (in case we need to go back to your response to check anything), after which time any identifying information will be removed, and anonymous data only stored for future use. 

Important online safety information

If you are living with an abuser, please do not complete this survey on a shared computer unless you have your own separate login and you are confident that the abuser does not know your password and will not see you completing the survey.

Safer ways to access this survey online may be to:

Safer ways to access this survey online may be to:

  1. Switch to ‘Incognito mode’ or ‘Private browsing’ or ‘InPrivate browsing” before completing the survey and turning this off afterwards (but be aware that if spyware has been installed on your device, someone may still be able to see what you are doing online). Be aware that if you have clicked on this survey link before doing this it will be in your internet browsing history (this can be deleted).
  2. Use your smartphone when out alone
  3. Use a work computer (if you are currently going into your workplace).

The West Midlands Victims Commissioner wants to re-state her commitment to protecting victims of domestic abuse. If you require any support or advice you can access these via our website: https://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/victims/for-victims/domestic-abuse/