The lower earners have been hit the hardest, both myself and smidsy had always worked, two years ago his illness got that bad that he had to give up work on medical reasons and is now disabled having to give up his bikes and everything. I still work 20 hours a week as the rest of the time i spend looking after him the house kids etc. We have just lost our ta credits as i work 4 hours a week to little to be eligible, if i work the etra 4 hours a week i will be liable to pay more of our rent and the council tax out of my small monthly wage. Then on top of that at the end of april smidsys sick money stops and is being replaced with an incomerelated one which we believe is going to be around 20 quid a week, so we arent any better off under the new tax rates as i dont earn enough to pay tax but then we are going to be approx 90 quid a week down on our money but still have the same amount of outgoings to pay out on. So how can you say that the only thing to moan about in the budget was the cost of fags going up if you are a smoker. Some people really need to get a clue, believe it or not 30,000 or 40,000 grand a year is not a low wage even when we both worked full time we were on nowhere near that amount and now we are expected to live on 6,500 a year and pay everything we need to pay without any help from the system we have paid into for years. This is the reality of their changes.
I appreciate what you are writing pillion no more, but I'm not sure which specific policy brought out in the budget a week or two ago, has so significantly affected your income ? There was mention of disability incomes being affected. Is that the reason , and if so, what exactly are the changes to your income ?
£6500 is certainly a low income to survive on, even taking into account rent and council tax rebates etc.
Sorry to hear about your current problems, I was out of work for quite a few months due to stroke and it's not an enviable position to be in. I did get around £90 p.w. incapacity benefit after 6 months and my partner also got a extra income due to her being on low wages.
This was a couple of years ago so things may have changed though.
As for the fags comment, that was just a private dig at Legz as he smokes , but for sure I didn't realise any household was going to be significantly affected