Families in Stoke-on-Trent say they are worried about rising food and energy bills putting a strain on household finances this winter.
The bills are rising due to a spike in global gas prices - and many families face a £20-a-week benefit cut.
One resident, Carol Lowe, is set to lose her Universal Credit payments which she has relied on since her husband Alan died in April.
"Why should you, in this day and age, when you have worked hard all your life, have to sit in your living room with cardigans, coats and blankets around your shoulders because you can't afford to keep warm? It's not on, it's not right," she said.
Other families in the city say they have had to cut costs elsewhere to cover rising food bills or consider the cost of a shower.
Stoke-on-Trent Central MP Jo Gideon told the BBC she expected the winter not to be easy for many in her area.
"I'm upbeat about the future for the city, but in the meantime, you know, we will undoubtedly have a few tough months ahead. I'm confident for the most vulnerable that there will be help available."