Imagine what it would be like to spend 30 per cent of what you earn on rent, then add power, phone and other unavoidable bills. Now add two kids, then reduce your income to benefit level... it doesn't leave you with much
Been there done that. With mortgages eating up 38% plus of gross income and two kids. Bloody hard work, took at least a decade before we saw daylight.
And paid all the non-avoidable bills. Second jobs, just got on with life, daily making decisions like the doctor or do we eat?
report uses the measure severe poverty to describe households with half the national median income after accommodation is paid, as well as lacking seven or more of 17 basic material needs such as a warm, dry house, meat, fish or chicken at least each second day, a waterproof coat, warm clothes, two pairs of shoes and a separate bed for each child
Basic material needs? The frills like flash clothes or cars, flash TVs or yuppie phones are not basic material needs. Today's lot need to harden up instead of crying poor.
Nothing but poverty pimps who need to get their priorities sorted.