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      JillHenderson is on a distinguished road

      How much does it cost to live in the UK?

      Many people are unpleasantly surprised at the cost of living in the UK. In a recent worldwide survey, London was ranked as the world's third most expensive city to live in. In contrast, Sydney, which is the highest Australian city on the list, came in at only 20th. But all is not lost.

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      Salary is not high for all in the UK.
      Our NHS for the lower ranks is abysmal - grades 1-5 have not had a payrise for more many years, last year they only got 1% but when you equate that with the cost of paying to park each day - when many cannot park outside of the car parks due to their being no where to park - that's actually a decrease in pay!
      My son is in IT and after being unemployed for over 3 years finally got a job paying 15,000 per year. He's 24 years old and when you look at our local house prices being 150K - he cannot get a mortgage for a house with 3 bedrooms - so he's got no hope of getting married and having kids!
      Rents are even higher, you're looking at 1200 per month for a house.
      Luckily we've had Aldi supermarket open locally - that's cut our food bills down a great deal. For four adults in our house we can shop for about 100 per week and that is including alcohol.
      Our two sons cannot afford to leave home and neither is thinking of getting married or of having kids - due to the fact that life in the UK has got so bad and so expensive now.
      Going out is even more expensive and we rarely do it - theatre tickets etc are out of our pocket.