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:o Hi All

Just wanted to see what the general feeling toward my story below is and Im intrested to see what peoples thoughts are on how where and when it will all come to a crashing end..

3 years after finishing my apprentiship i at last got a job last year that payed anywhere near the money on offer when i started. Anyway i was so pleased with the much larger wage packet than i had been used to that how much was being was being removed by the lovely inland revenue had passed me by until my first p60 arrived a little while ago. I was horrified to see out of my £28500 earnings i only ever see £19060 :o So I called on a freind who is an accountant to look at this incase i was being taxed wrong etc. Much to my horror these figures where indeed correct then to make it worse me and him worked out fairly accrutely that after paying income tax then all the other taxes we end up paying then i actuly end up with about 10k to my self then out of that i have to pay my joke rent(south east england) (ex council house brought by my LL for 25k before he inherited his parents 5 bedroom house. Thanks maggie) so I was felling pretty down last weekend so i went out to mow the lawn. Then to make things worse my next door skivers who still have there house for free(council) started telling me that the council just brought them a new mower hoping they might mow there lawn :rolleyes: after trying to sell me the mower and telling me that they had been moaning about the extension that was built for them 6 months ago they then went on to tell me that if they bothered to work they would need to earn about 20k per year to have the life they have ie 2 holidays per year 3 bedroom house etc. At this point i felt ill as my house costs over 700 pm is falling down loads of damp etc.

what i want is people opinions on how things have got to this without a revulution/working people kicking off and what will in the end bring it down or will this madness carry on unchalenged forever??????????????????

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The best way to make yourself unhappy is to compare your life to somebody else's. Just do what you can to look after yourself and the people you care about. What others are doing doesn't really matter.

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Welcome to the real (UK) world! I'm on about the same wage as you so I'll see the same deductions. Luckily I'm in Scotland where things are a bit cheaper (but the thugs are more thuggish) and luckily/unluckily still at home where I can save... however do you really see things changing here any time soon? It will take decades and a majorly bad thing happening to force any change. Socialists ruin it for everybody as they always paint you as a villainous scumbag if you dare not give money to everybody else etc etc, hard to fight against.

This is why so many here look at moving abroad. For me, it's the people (awful) and the money (not enough). Crikey, with stealth taxes like VAT, rip-off home costs, sunk-cost council tax and rip-off fuel added to your taxes you're basically just a slave (unless you counted all that in for the £10k figure?)

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The only thing I can add is: Paying high taxes doesn't seem so bad when you are doing a worthwhile job that you enjoy getting up every morning for....it feels more like theft when the work is soulless a bind and unenjoyable.... ;)

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The best way to make yourself unhappy is to compare your life to somebody else's. Just do what you can to look after yourself and the people you care about. What others are doing doesn't really matter.

Yet again another UK person falls trap to looking at the gross salary. This country is known as Rip-off Britannia for a reason. Go to many other countries and people only ever compare net pay. Why do we keep harping on about gross gross gross? Nuts.

And yes, comparing to anyone else is the easiest way to be miserable, although I find it useful on occasion to remind myself how good life actually is in this country.

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