I haven’t been up to speed with my blogging the last two weeks. A couple of things in my life went into a tailspin and I hadn’t been able to focus.
You know how I’ve got the post-pregnancy blues and thought I’d emerged the winner in that battle? Well, it’s sort of still hanging around. At the same time, a big issue came up with my magazine launch. Plus I’m working on a fashion supplement for a national newspaper. So really, I don’t have the time to mope. All my energy had been geared towards keeping head above water – and it still is.
Why am I working when my baby’s only 8 weeks old? Because the costs of raising a family don’t go on a holiday if I take maternity leave. Bills still need to be paid and the family needs to be fed.
So much was on my mind that I haven’t paid much attention to what was going on in the news. Apart from Euro-geddon of course.
Actually, from looking at the The Guardian’s homepage, it looks more like Armageddon. Economic crisis. Unemployment. Rising living costs. Violence in Syria. Failed nuclear negotiations with Iran.
Then I glimpse a piece that appears to be describing my life: 7 million working-age adults living in extreme financial stress.
The households in trouble include couples without children who earn a gross annual income of between £12,000 and £29,000, or couples with two children on between £17,000 and £41,000.
Didn’t I say before that I was priced out of a full-time job? I am the new working class, where the work I do no longer pays. It’s official.
Unlike the “squeezed middle”, these 3.6m British households have little or no savings, nor equity in their homes, and struggle at the end of each month to feed themselves and their children adequately. They say they are unable to cope on their current incomes and have no assets to fall back on, leaving them vulnerable to something as simple as an unexpectedly large fuel bill.
Yikes. That’s a pretty bleak description.