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Two can live as cheaply as one

Brunswick Park EDIT

I have started today’s post  with a few images of the local park here in Wednesbury. It’s a bit rough, but we like it…  It’s Victorian and traditional. We need to get back to traditional values don’t we? We need to get back to the Victorian work ethic, family values and knowing one’s place. Right?

This from the BBC:

Plans for some married couples to get tax breaks worth up to £200 a year have been announced by David Cameron.

The prime minister said four million couples would benefit from a £1,000 transferable tax allowance from 2015.

Do they need this tax break? I thought two people could live as cheaply as one, sharing housing costs and council tax benefit. Not to mention sharing energy costs, the cost of a TV licence and the line rental on the phone. I know all that money saved goes to feed the kids, but the little ones will be getting free school meals thanks to that nice Mr Clegg. At least widows who have lost their husbands in Afghanistan will get the free school meals for the kids; but not the tax break unfortunately. Those are the breaks…

Aldi and Parking Eye was my Thursday thrifty post. That stuck a chord with readers! I wonder why so many people were interested in that? Perhaps it was another old fashioned value. We don’t like getting ripped off…

The Black Country was my post over on a Zillion Ideas on Wednesday. A nice reminder there of Victorian values. I was only talking about Victorian lunatic asylums the other day… I would like to get inside what remains of the workhouse down Walsall and photograph it. If I win the lottery tonight I might buy that and restore it, as a permanent reminder to the halcyon days of Tory and Whig Victorian rule.

Photography | More editing was my Tuesday post with some nice photos taken last weekend.  I’m getting used to my new camera now and all the manual settings.

Neodigital Art | Creating Art with editing had even better pictures over on a zillion Ideas. The perception of art is changing and digital art is a form of contemporary art that is valued and accepted more and more. It’s better than a pile of bricks or a pickled sheep anyway…

Suggestion and influence was my Monday psychology post. You don’t have to be the Mentalist to use or avoid the power of suggestion.

Politicians: Are You impressed? was my Sunday ramble. I think the Tories will be full of it this week at their conference. They think everyone is as greed driven and selfish as they are. We are all looking forward to tax cuts, free school meals for the little ‘uns and discussing how many shares to buy in the Royal Mail. Grandma can’t pay her heating bills and you have a family member out of work. Your cousins are losing their home because of the ‘bedroom tax’ and a disabled family member has been assessed by Atos. You’re alright though, you’re a Tory voter. Right?

One of my friends just put this on Facebook:

BBC: Burial space could run out in 20 years
Hope this doesn’t lead to panic dying…

Nah, you get panic dying when the chemists start running out of blonde colours…

Meanwhile, Ed Miliband takes on the energy firms and suggests a cap on energy prices. We need a cap on water prices too, mate! The energy companies say this will starve them of investment. They could try a novel approach to investment, ask their shareholders for it rather than their customers…

I’ll be writing another Sunday ramble tomorrow, before I venture out in the Autumn sunshine to take a few photographs. The park will look nice with the autumn colours and falling leaves.

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5 responses

  1. I think that the married couple allowance could be a stepping stone in the right direction therefore I don’t want to knock it, because in doing so I may be damaging anything else that could potentially follow. Living as two in some ways is cheaper, but for example I work part time, and have to be supported by my partner, because we live together he does not get a reduction on council tax which a single person does. Without me he would, and without him I’d be living with my parents. This extra money may not seem like an awful lot, but to those on the borderline, it could just help. And yes, I am looking for more full time /permanent work but I just seem unable to find it. 🙂

    28, September 2013 at 5:22 pm

    • Hi,

      I think everyone has to take what they can get now, we all have to live! I don’t really agree with the way in which the Royal Mail is being privatised but I have to live and so I will think about buying shares. That allowance is seen as a vote winner, but it won’t cost much compared to the savings that benefit cuts are supposed to bring. Where I live lots of people are getting into arrears with their rents, so it’s not really saving anything; it’s just a lot of worry for people. I agree that 3.65 doesn’t seem a lot, but it’s the difference between a bit of luxury and no luxury at all for many people. It will buy a big bar of chocolate on the weekend!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      28, September 2013 at 7:55 pm

      • I don’t know where you buy your chocolate, but I’ll be buying several bars. 30p for 100g tesco, occasionally they have it half price. Unless you’re chatting the huge, huge ones from cadburys. 😛 Not that’d be nice. Maybe a tub of ben and jerrys. 😛

        29, September 2013 at 10:20 am

      • I don’t eat chocolate, it wouldn’t last long enough! Most sweets I get trade price and I sometimes buy jelly babies in Aldi! 30p for 100g seems cheap. Chocolate seems expensive when I buy it as a present at Christmas, but I did buy Cadbury’s miniatures last Christmas, but they weren’t for me!

        29, September 2013 at 12:40 pm

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