I wrote a rather long and very detailed thread about the "welfare" (as you Americans call it) society and structure in the UK the other day. Some how
I managed to erase it all, so I give up! Aha.
I think it's ridiculous that they just want to freeze benefits, any one who's been jobless for a little while knows full well the effects of inflation
have had in regards to even the most basic commodities, such as phone boxes and bus fairs. 7 years ago it cost me 20p one way on the bus, today it
costs £1.90. 5 years ago use of the BT phone box cost 20p today it's 60p. 5 years Ago, a bar of chocolate cost 30p, today they are 70p.
Doesn't sound like a lot at first does it? But that's not taking into account the gas bills consume 4 times as much as previously, as with
electricity, and certainly not taking food and VAT inflation.
Many of us are below the poverty line, and that includes a majority of the working class.
So no. It's not good that they want to freeze benefits whilst inflation continues to rise, and this is coming from some one in work, but I know full
well what it's like to stretch your budget to the limit just for the basics.
There is only one aspect I completely loath and detest about the social structures, and that's how they encourage and support teen parents. I mean,
they encourage it!!!
I'm in an apprenticeship, as after over 200 applications it's the only place I heard back from, I have no choice in the matter. I earn £606 a month
(I'm very lucky as most earn around 300). As from the end of the month I'll be renting a room from a stranger at £220 a month. By bus pass is £45
pm, my fathers funeral costs £25 per month, gas and electric, £40pm, food, £70pm (if I eat crap), phone 15pm, toiletries, £15 pm.... Leaving me
£170 for non- necessities, don't suppose clothes fall into that category??? Aha.
So that's my life for the next 18 months. No hopes of driving, no holidays, no fancy nights out. Just rolling like a stone. Actually they ducked my
pay for a week this month, due to being Ill, so I'll be lucky to cover all that.. Hmm.
Now... If I were 16 years old and up the duff, life would be treating me much better. I'd have my own flat, and at least £200 pw coming In.
I know, because that's the route all the girls I went to school took. They are loaded compared to me, and have somewhere to call home. They've never
worked a day in their in lives, and live pretty darn comfortably, some even drive!!
It's like I'm fighting a loosing battle. I might just give up and join the club, any one want to make a baby? Ahaha.
edit on 24-9-2012 by Sinny because: (no reason given)