Should affordable housing be affordable?
22/08/2011 11:27 pm
And what is affordable when it is at home?
I got a letter through today, rents shall rise above inflation. I'm going to take a £5 hit (I'm on minimum wage). Currently working 40 hours leads me to being £40 better off than dole. So I'm going to end up with £35 NET better off for working 40 hours, but bus fares are up £3 a weeek, so I'm down to £32 for 40 hours, and I can't do no overtime.
I'm becoming disillusioned by the system, I do like working, but there is no monetary reward. I actually felt better in myself when unemployed. I had time to see friends and family, cooking my own food was cheaper than having to eat at work. I had time to go walking and read books. I could still volunteer, but would be rightfully classed as unemployed, I get dole wages.
Think I might have to jack in my job and go back onto the dole, I can't afford to live, all my money goes on rent, and the housing benefit would pay it anyway.
And I'm the lucky one, I have security of tenure, most of my friends do not, the same low paid job and expensive housing, shared houses, shared rooms, the obligatory mattres behind the settee.
What is affordable?
Please enlighten me!