The Anonymous Widower

Are Things Getting Better?

There has been a lot of discussion about whether things are getting better, with the government that things are on the up and Milliband saying they’re not. This article gives both views, with David Cameron being quoted in this way.

Most British workers have seen their take-home pay rise in real terms in the past year, the government claims.

It has produced figures showing all except the richest 10% saw their take-home wages rise by at least 2.5% once tax cuts were taken into account.

The article says this about Ed Milliband.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said the figures were “dodgy” and ministers were out of touch with people’s lives.

I’m not going to take sides, but as I travel around the country, I see many things.

If I look at my situation, I think it has got marginally better compared to what it was twelve months ago.

I’m getting a slightly higher rate on my savings in Zopa, my energy is slightly cheaper since I moved my energy supplier to Ovo and running my household seems to be cheaper, as I’ve organised myself better. The latter is not down to the economy, but partly due to individuals and companies, launching new products and services.

One thing that hasn’t hit me, is the cost of motoring! Because I don’t!

I’ve just had February’s edition of Modern Railways and as in the last few months, there are quite a few articles about new stations and lines. There’s also been a few examples of new and refurbished trains being built or modified in the UK. But go to places like Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester and the transport infrastructure is much better than it was three or four years ago. Other places like Blackburn have got new stations. And there are quite a few new British-built buses too.

If the experience of the introduction into North London of the Overground, is anything to go by, where people have told me it has allowed them to get to new or better jobs, this new transport infrastructure can only be a good thing.

But if I go to places outside of London, it all seems much better. Surprisingly, there are quite a few bright, new shopping centres.

But then some politicians don’t want to be positive!

January 24, 2014 - Posted by | News, Transport | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Up here the housing market is moving a little more – probably due to the government deposit guarantee scheme – and some of the people I know who have been made redundant and have genuinely sought work diligently are now finding suitable “proper” jobs. As against something way below their skill level in order to pay the bills.

    Hard to say with food bills, our daughter is back with us after splitting with her partner, and then breaking her foot very badly and being unable to do her own shopping, so we have bought her food along with ours – she is dairy intolerant and somewhat gluten and yeast intolerant, and the food she eats is more expensive. Prior to the broken foot she had been catering for herself a lot of the time with food she had bought herself.

    Comment by Liz P | January 25, 2014 | Reply


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