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Originally posted by discostu123
this is a topic thats going to be on everyones mind in the next year or so,
the people affected are those on the minimum wage, ive no idea how on earth people are supposed to survive on this??
before stopages i earn approx 35k a year, after taxes,rent,utilities, council tax etc etc there is barely anything left - we have one child which my missus stays at home with and we arent entitled to any benifits like family tax credits.
i cant imagine being able to support my family on £6 an hour..the min wage really is an insult - its like saying "if i could pay you less, i would"
Originally posted by michael1983l
reply to post by babybunnies
I am what would be called a middle income in the UK but in reality it is not so great. I am a single earner in a family of 4 and the government has put me into a group that they deem can have every break taken away from them whilst having their taxes increased and still survive. Well let me tell you this is not the case. To give people a real idea of what budgets look like in the UK right now I will show mine
Car payment £200
Fuel £200 (work is 70 mile round trip - houses closer are unaffordable)
Food and household £550
Council Tax £134
TV License £13
Gas and Electricity £100
Car maintenance, servicing and tax £40
Home insurance £27
Child Benefit £120
Total out £2274
Total in £2420
Notice my outgoings have no credit card payments or entertainment. Basically our budget is pretty much dead before we even start to think about luxuries.
Originally posted by stumason
reply to post by freewestray
There could be many reasons and without knowing his exact circumstances, I couldn't say. Is he divorced/does she get the money? Has one child reached a certain age (16)?
Currently, the only cuts people are facing are from next year when anyone over the higher rate threshold will have theirs cut proportionally until they hit an income of around £50k when it cuts off completely.
Originally posted by woodwardjnr
The thing is we throw away millions of pounds worth of food a day. I appreciate that some people could spend their money better, but there are people out there who do need this food and if the food is there and the charity has provided it, then surely better to give to people than throw it away?
Originally posted by stumason
reply to post by JohnPhoenix
What you're suggesting is awfully Big Brother, which is ironic as the UK is often pillored by American members here for being a "nanny state", often using incorrect information..
And there was a time homelessness and vagrancy were illegal, as was merely being poor. Thankfully, our society became slightly more caring during the 19th century and eventually stopped victimising the poor but instead try to help them...