As part of our Beat the Squeeze series the Glasgow Times took to the streets yesterday to hear how people are preparing for the cost of living crisis.

From rising rent prices to increased council tax, city centre shoppers have shared their deepest concerns for the years ahead and told us how they feel the Scottish Govenrment could do more to help.

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Mr and Mrs Cowie, Bearsden

Mrs Cowie said: "We're very lucky because we're retired so we don't have too many bills to pay or children to look after.

"But I know that there are plenty of people who are struggling to heat their homes and feed their children. It's just horrendous.

"When you talk about any government support that's been put in place I can't help but think that it's a tiny drop in an ocean.

"Then there's the fact that the council will soon be spending money to pull down the galleries, or even the millions that have been spent to reopen the Burrell Collection.

"There are more basic needs that should be seen to first.

"An art gallery is lovely but it won't help to feed hungry families.

"It feels like a very unequal world at the moment.

"In this day and age in Scotland, it shouldn't be this way."

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Jimmy Neil, 74, Drygate

"As a pensioner, I've been trying to prepare for the cost of living crisis for a while now.

"I've been making sure to go out and stock up on plenty of non-perishable food before the prices go up.

"For me, electricity is a big worry. When I turn on hot running water the difference in my bill is clear to see.

"I know that things are going to get difficult for a lot of people and that's a wee bit scary.

"That being said I don't think that now is the time for the government to be pointing fingers and blaming each other.

"I would be happy to pay more if I knew that they were going to prioritise protecting the NHS.

"It's a national institution and that's what is really important."

Glasgow Times:  Catherine,22, and David,23, North Woodside

Catherine: "We're definitely dreading the next electricity bill that's going to come in.

"I would also say that we've noticed that food shopping has already become a lot more expensive, you spend so much for what you come away with.

"I do worry about rent too because we're looking to move soon and I thought we had quite a reasonable budget but the prices in Glasgow are just ridiculous at the moment. It's a total scramble.

David added: "And on top of that you need to have a deposit ready to go on the spot as well.

"I'm really not happy to see an increase in National Insurance payments or the changes to the energy price cap.

"We manage alright because it's just the two of us, but over the years the amount of SAAS funding that students have received has stayed the same while everything else has started to cost more."

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Margaret Docherty, 68, Hyndland

Margaret said: "I've had to make quite a lot of adjustments which I think anyone with any sense will be doing too.

"I made sure to submit my meter reading early like Martin Lewis told us to.

"My daughter and her husband both have really good jobs but they've just had a baby girl so they are making big changes.

"They're very good at shopping for supermarket own brands rather than big names.

"I think I'll have to get a little more thrifty too.

"Personally, I think the way that the council tax increase has been calculated is totally unfair.

"Because I'm band E I'm not eligible for any support whereas people who stay in flats across the road are because they're in older buildings.

"I just can't get my head around it. I think the council needs to look at what they're doing.

"Why can't they reassess the situation? It would be fairer for everyone."

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James Frough, 79, Muirend

James said: "There's going to be a real change in the way that people live their lives.

"You walk through the city centre and already there are so many people begging for money on the streets and on Sauchiehall Street alone half of the shops are shut.

"The number of people relying on foodbank across Scotland last year was a disgrace and with price hikes, there are only going to be more families who rely on them to feed their children.

"It makes me wonder how much more money the government are going to plough into projects like the Clyde Shipyard.

"I'm almost 80, but it's the young people who should be worried about what they're walking into.

"How can the government be making these decisions."