Ever feel like your landlord charges so much that you work Monday to Wednesday just to pay someone you never see? If it’s any consolation, you’re not alone, but new evidence shows that long-term renting can take a toll on family life.
It strikes me that April Fool’s Day is an oddly appropriate choice to usher in some of the biggest spending cuts to Britain’s welfare state since its inception. But for all the anti-austerity protests of recent years, these cuts seem surprisingly popular.
Good news! If you were born in the UK since 2007 (unlikely, if you’re reading this) then you can expect to live for over 100 years. But there’s a catch. I’ll get to that.
This blog is called jinxedgeneration for a reason – it’s main focus will be on young people, particularly in Britain – those who aspire to live well but are set to inherit an unsustainable world on a collision course with catastrophe. No, I’m not banging on about global warming, although that’s part of the problem. I’m talking about housing, healthcare, income, jobs and quality of life: the transfer of wealth from the young to the old.
A mere six hours from his Twitter debut, Britain’s chancellor, George Osborne, had 27,800 followers. Before he could so much as tweet twice, he was greeted with more than a few angry obscenities including delights such as “@George_Osborne go stick your cock in a tiger.” And that’s before he even started speaking. Needless to say, Britain’s 2013 Budget is a tender issue.
Here’s a run down of the most important points for young people in Britain. (I have ignored stuff which doesn’t really affect our jinxed generation. The full summary of Budget changes is here).