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SunshineMeadows

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Re: Proposed benefit and pension rates 2018/2019
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2017, 04:20:54 PM »
Looks complicated to follow  :-(

It always bugs me that couples get less than two single people.

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Re: Proposed benefit and pension rates 2018/2019
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2017, 03:57:09 PM »
So, basically hidden behind the announcement of the Royal Engagement is a 0.02% increase in benefits!
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Re: Proposed benefit and pension rates 2018/2019
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2017, 05:03:43 PM »
The couples thing is a crude assumption that there are lots of economies to be made when two people live together.  The problem is that the bureaucrat's calculations of how you spend your money may not match yours.  I'm not convinced a couple can really save as much per year as they think.

So how would you save it?

Water rates - depends on whether it's metered.
Council tax - it's not actually two-for-one on council tax.
Fuel - a crude supposition that you'll sit & sleep together, cook your meals in the same dishes, watch the same television.  Never mind that you  might want more light, e.g. a reading lamp each, or other separate things, or that you might have separate showers etc.
Food - well obviously you can get 2 for 1 discounts on everything, can't you?

Toiletries, sanitary towels, clothes, stationery for job applications, travel to jobcentre appointments...gosh, you don't need to spend much on those, do you?

I guess in many ways I'm lucky being single. 
(I'm an obsessive problem-solver, so feel free to ignore any suggestions or solutions I offer, even if they sound terribly insistent.)