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Tough choices

January 18, 2007
Save The Children have published a report, commenting on low income families and the choices they have to make. Do they feed the children or put the heating on? That kind of thing.

I’ve had a quick squint through the report and they are missing several key points. You can read it here.

I’ve had some experience of visiting low income families. After all, they are by far the most regular of our customers. It’s something to do with not paying any tax and wanting to benefit from a service provided by those who do.

The key points that Save The Children are overlooking are these.

  • The vast majority of “parents” in low income families are smokers, either of tobacco or other less legal materials.
  • A large proportion of low income families have at least one huge great TV parked in the corner of the lounge somewhere. This TV will be hooked up to the full Sky package and will have a DVD player, video recorder, PSP and cinema sound system wired into it.
  • Designer labels are a must have.
  • Every member of the family above the age of three must have at least two mobile phones
Admittedly, there are some genuine low income families out there, but a significant proportion of supposed low income families are actually those who have no idea how to prioritise their spending and believe that those luxuries in life are actually essentials. If Save The Children are planning on helping these people, perhaps they could start by showing them how to live within the means that they have?
5 Comments leave one →
  1. MetPlod permalink
    January 19, 2007 10:19

    You forgot to mention that the central heating is invariably dialled up so high that your eyebrows singe as you walk through the door – something I know I can’t afford to do….

  2. dickiebo permalink
    January 19, 2007 10:48

    I’ll tell u what sticks in my throat. I have had two very cheap foreign holidays in my time (now aged 68), yet most of these people consider that a foreign holiday every year is a norm! I guess that it is a question of priorities.

  3. ExtraSpecialCopper permalink
    January 19, 2007 11:31

    Not forgetting the argos bling

  4. Minbu permalink
    January 20, 2007 00:09

    Very very true!

  5. James permalink
    January 30, 2007 17:02

    It occurs to me that people who know better than to try and live outside their means tend not to have much contact with the police, so your perspective may be slightly skewed.

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