Ok, fiscal arithmetic everybody. I have bitten the bullet. Well at least, I started but it got too miserable to carry on. My prediction for 2008 is that there's going to be a lot more homeless people. Here goes.
Council tax 2.99
Gas and electricity 2.96
Water and sewage 1.12
Bank fines for being overdrawn 5 seconds 0.666
The Dog 1.50
Professional membership costs 1.75
CPD Training 1.00
Rent for work premises 10.96
Fuel to get to work 2.05
Therefore , to facilitate work and keep the roof overhead it costs £11,402.60 a year.
At this point I gasped and gave up doing sums. Not my favourite thing. Not included in survival costs at this point are:
Other work related costs
A teenage daughter
Car tax, maintenance and insurance
Dildos from vending machines (see Mermaid, sorry Dennis)
Broadband and Landline.
How are people going to afford to live? If the national average income is £25k (half that is more usual around here)… My mortgage is tiny compared to most and I only have one child, yet it would seem that everyone wants a huge chunk. Are the government trying to stamp out blogging by making people cut off their internet in order to eat?