It sounds scary, £1 per day, but really it’s completely possible. Of course as 1 person per week that’s £7 per week and as a family of five that’s £5 per day or £35 per week. Look easier yet? We regularly spend under £35 per week on groceries, so YES it really is achievable. This week for example, we spent a whopping £23.46 for a weeks groceries. Thats 67p per person per day (for 7 days)
The reasoning behind this post was a recent article by Yahoo financial news (HERE). But this article wasn’t talking about what you an I spend on rice crispies and fromage frais (which are bad examples because on the ration diet we dont eat those )…
… Its states “£1 per day is what 1.4 billion people worldwide have to live on – for everything not just food.”
The reason I bring up food and poverty is not just to point out how lucky we are (prioritize people!) but share a tiny bit more 1940’s wartime history that shouldnt be forgotten.
The britain we have today is a shadow of the Empire that began the first world war. Everything was done to possibly prevent WW2 as the government knew another world on the scale of the Great War would financially crush the country.
Britain became the model of a welfare state, starting with Elizabethan poor laws that regulated vagrancy and asked parishes to help the poor. Pre WW1 Britain was now deciding as to whether or not government would have to play a bigger role in providing welfare for the poor. Now I could go on for page after page about Trade union militancy or social reforms that followed but my point was the poverty itself.
I’ve heard so many stories about feeding and fitting 8 to 14 children in 3 rooms or less in that era. My favourite being the story about who ever had the pair of knickers that day was the one allowed to go to school.
Makes me feel guilty when I complain about every spot or stitch or popped button on my 3….. only 3…. what have I really got to complain about. 3 healthy happy kiddies and a gorgeous 3 bed home with a garden (clay mud but that WILL be sorted <— Im bitter), we have clothes on our backs and in the cupboards, electricity/ water/ gas/ central heating which we can afford to have and keep, we shop within our means (groceries) and eat VERY well. The kids dont lack for books and toys and MrC and myself dont really lack for clothes, shoes etc.
We have a lot to be grateful for, but then thats what our parents and grandparents worked so hard for with so little.
What lessons will I be passing down to my children about what we and their grandparents did to keep them in transformers, barbies, sketchers and lelli kellies? I’d hate to think I’ll release them one day into the big wide world unprepared for the life ahead of them.
MUST READ!!! BBC News article: The changing face of poverty
“According to Mr Hirsch some of the key tell-tale signs of poverty in modern Britain include:
- Not having a High Street bank account
- Having to spend more than 10% of income on energy bills <– this one sounds familiar
- Poor access to transport, employment opportunities or healthy food”
“The results revealed that 14% of people did not possess more than one pair of shoes and 25% were unable to save £10 a month for their retirement.”
“Manufactured goods are now very cheap but sending a child on a school trip is expensive.” <—- true, 2 out of our 3 kiddies have school trips coming up… so far thats been £15 for miss K with travel costs still to be paid, and £5 for Master N…. Miss K also has a £5 brownies trip coming up, travel costs thus far unpaid….. so so far thats £25 paid on trips in 1 week when we’re on a £30 food budget. Not sure about you but I think thats scandalous…. paying £15 for your child to dress up as a viking for a day and plough a field…… they could do it in my garden for FREE!!! Why cant they help the aged or something useful…RANT OVER.
“Increasingly, the link is being made between poverty and obesity as high fat, high sugar food is cheaper and more readily available than healthier alternatives.”
EVEN TODAY IN MODERN BRITAIN “…roughly 20% of the population suffer deprivation, while a hardcore of two to three million are in deep poverty…”