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DH had had no pay rise for 9 years until he got a promotion last week. He works in a "dead man's shoes" organisation so promotions very hard to come by. They get non-consolidated performance related bonus if they tick all the boxes.
In real terms our standard of living has halved in 9 years. Everything has doubled in price and our income has stagnated. We used to be fairly well off, we now struggle to cover our bills.
Our gas bill alone was several thousand a year (we're in a rural area and were on LPG). We've now got rid of the LPG and installed a biomass boiler (logs) which living where we live means we can get a lot of free fuel. The boiler was expensive to fit but it's a fixed cost/month for ten years rather than the constantly rising cost of gas.
DH & I have had no pay rise since 2002. Last child was born in 2004, we thought things would get better. I am freelance, I have taken on masses more work, but my rates have almost halved in some cases. DH works for a big organisation, his pay band has stayed stagnant. We have 3 teens and a younger one Things are tough!
DH had no pay rise for 2 years then last year he had a 4% pay cut. He I often works 3-4 hours a day unpaid overtime. We live in a seaside town with mostly seasonal work so his boss regularly reminds him how lucky he is to have a year round job
We had 3 years of a pay freeze, then a 1% pay rise which was swallowed by tax.
Income compared to outgoings are down around 15%. There's nothing left to give and our contingency funds are gradually eroding due to necessity and a possibility DH could be made redundant due to huge budget cuts.
We are a seaside town too. Every day a company closes down here, it's becoming a ghost town with scary high unemployment rates.
Something has to change, people can't simply survive nowadays.
I work in an organisation associated with the civil service so I've had the same pay freeze as everyone else. We got a 1% increase but our pension contribution went up by more than that and it's going up again this year.
On the face of it, some things have only increased by a few pence, but it's on EVERYTHING so it adds up hugely over the month.
My salary has gone up by about 10k in the last 10 years but I feel far, far worse off. Seriously contemplating returning back home to N America. Britain used to feel so vibrant. Now it just feels grim and the conversation at the water cooler is pretty much about one thing - how broke everybody feels.