2 thoughts on “Rent Book c1948

  1. The low rents paid then appear to me to be a good indicator that this was all people could afford to pay and landlords knew this and they set their rent expectations accordingly.
    The epic Jarrow Jobs Wanted Crusade, 1936, with unemployed workers marching 300 miles from Jarrow in the north-east to London, to highlight the poverty and mass unemployment they and their families were facing was a milestone for workers rights and national improvement workers measures. Another milestone in 1946 was the School Milk Act and the Family Allowances Act 1946. An often overlooked important feature of life then was the gradual realisation that to increase income within the family women had to go out to work. Even today reports suggest that people are still struggling to make ends meet, still striving to support their families in the face of grinding hardship, with high shopping bills and only poor paying jobs on offer. We can do better than this.

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  2. To put this in context a Labourer’s wage was £4/10/0 to £5 per 48 hour week we worked all day Saturday. A Tradesmans wage was £7/10/0 to £8 per 48 hour week. My apprentice wage started at 13/4 thirteen shillings and four pence until I discovered piece work, it went up to £3 a big battle with the Foreman a couple of days suspended and then going back to carry on as I had been. Mr Arthur Brown said if he can alter the machines and make things faster I am willing to pay him, add to that the men on piece work had run short of the shelves I was making so their wages also dropped.
    Most things were still rationed anything outside of rations cost money and that was only the rent payment you still had heat water gas, it was a struggle for some. No Government hand outs back then, old age pension was ten shillings a week, hardship was no food and no heat, unlike today when you did not own a colour TV, iPad and phone. People helped each other and some how managed, the wartime spirit lived on for a long time after.

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