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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Living Wage diary - week two
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¬†The Cooper family from Manchester (Niall, Rachel and their three children) are among sixty people across the country who agreed to take on the Church Action on Poverty challenge to live on the £4.10 an hour minimum wage for Lent. Rachel sent us the Cooper family diary, describing how the household budget is holding up. Thursday 21 February We got back today from London, after staying with my brother and his family for two nights. We got by only because my brother paid for lunch and tubes when we visited the Natural History Museum. It felt embarrassing taking so much from him, and I begin to understand how difficult it is to receive and accept others generosity, without a feeling of powerlessness. Friday 22 February Had to go shopping today with all the children. Instead of the usual amble around Asda, we went to 3 different shops where I knew food was cheaper. I thought I did quite well, but when Niall came home he commented that the fridge still looked bare! I begin to worry, that I really haven't bought enough. Sunday 24 February We finish the weekend without spending any more money. I think we are doing rather well when I find £20 left in my purse, until I realise this is the kid's dinner money for the week. Monday 25 February Emily brings back 20p as change from the dinner money and Niall makes sure he gets it! Tuesday 26 February Niall feels the winds are too strong to cycle to work, but finds that the 83p left this week will not cover the bus fare, so he dons mac and braves the elements.
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