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To think my friend's daughter should be able to live on £16k (before tax)?

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dilemma456 Mon 28-Jul-08 14:00:23

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claricebeansmum Mon 28-Jul-08 14:01:40

Yes would have thought so but if it a smart city centre flat it might be expensive.

RubySlippers Mon 28-Jul-08 14:02:05

unless you know the precise ins and outs then YABU

how do you know she has no debts?

with the huge cost of living increases recently perhaps she is finding it very tough as millions of others are

i know how much all my bills have gone up by recently <<stresses>>

beanieb Mon 28-Jul-08 14:02:25

I don't know - £16,000 is not that much - I earn just over £20,000 and I would be struggling on my own.

Sometimes supporting just yourself is harder than if you are a couple or if you live with other people.

plantsitter Mon 28-Jul-08 14:02:59

Depends where she is. If she's in London, no. Also there may be other factors that you don't know about.

PerkinWarbeck Mon 28-Jul-08 14:04:21

net pay on £16k = £1000 per month ish
rental on 1bed flat near me = £900 per month ish
council tax = £100 per month

that's nothing left for food!

Bumdiddley Mon 28-Jul-08 14:05:26

Do tell us where she lives so I Google living costs etc there and get back to you grin

dilemma456 Mon 28-Jul-08 14:05:31

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Snaf Mon 28-Jul-08 14:06:01

Take home pay on £16000 is only just over £1000. It's not a lot, depending on where she's living. Pretty much impossible in London.

posieflump Mon 28-Jul-08 14:06:08

she probably hasn't told her mum though

RubySlippers Mon 28-Jul-08 14:06:42

i don't tell my mum about anything like debts!

Kewcumber Mon 28-Jul-08 14:06:46

she needs to get out of her one bed flat and do a flat share to cut costs. Moving back and (effectviely) being dependent on parents again is IMHO a very very last resort.

ThatBigGermanPrison Mon 28-Jul-08 14:06:57

If it's a council flat I have absolutely no ympathy, they're usually less than £200 a month

plantsitter Mon 28-Jul-08 14:08:33

I think YABU. Sorry. You can't possibly know what the full situation is and even if you did I'm not sure why you'd feel it was appropriate for you to comment on it.

Snaf Mon 28-Jul-08 14:09:11

Well, if it's council then she probably should be able to. Why doesn't she flat-share?

Or maybe she wants to save up for a deposit on a place of her own?

claricebeansmum Mon 28-Jul-08 14:09:13

If income is £1K and she spending £900 on her rental then she should have thought about going into a flat/house share or bedsit first.

Snaf Mon 28-Jul-08 14:09:56

Am wondering why it's any of your business though...

dilemma456 Mon 28-Jul-08 14:10:01

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RubySlippers Mon 28-Jul-08 14:10:31

i would almost guarantee she has credit card/store card debt

Snaf Mon 28-Jul-08 14:12:03

Dilemma - I want to know where you live! Two beds for £525 shock

dilemma456 Mon 28-Jul-08 14:12:53

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zippitippitoes Mon 28-Jul-08 14:13:59

does she have children..i am amazed she got a council flat

Snaf Mon 28-Jul-08 14:14:28

Aaaah. Bit of a commute for me, then grin

Thisismynewname Mon 28-Jul-08 14:14:50

Why do you care?

Snaf Mon 28-Jul-08 14:15:38

Yes, I was wondering that zippi - how did a young single woman, in full-time employment with no children (and a parent she could live with instead) manage to get enough points for a council flat?

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