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'It's about surviving now': Wolverhampton butcher opens up on inflation reality

A family butcher struggling to rebuild trade after Covid has spoken out about the reality of battling the cost of living crisis, despite the announcement of a falling inflation rate.

Michael Bachyk, 57 and his sister, Helen Bachyk, 51, who helps out when she can.

April saw annual inflation drop below double figures for the first time since last August, but some businesses are continuing to struggle.

Michael Kirk Butchers, on Woolpack Alley, Wolverhampton, is one of the independent sellers in the area that is having to tighten their belts to survive in the cost of living crisis.

Owner Michael Bachyk, 57, said: "These struggles really started when Covid hit, Wolverhampton city centre more or less turned into a ghost town. It was very quiet.