10 January 2008

So far beyond grumpy that grumpy is just a miniscule speck in the distance and seems quite cheery!

Gas price rises for 2008: 21%
My rent rise for 2008: 9.4%
Interest rate (UK average): 5.5%
The retail price index: 4.3%
The consumer price index (ie inflation): 2.1%
Current account interest rate (Nationwide): 0.8 - 3.2%, dependent upon amount paid in monthly.
Overdraft rate (Nationwide, authorised): 9.9%
Overdraft rate (Nationwide, unauthorised): 24.9%
Interest rates for loans (Nationwide): 9.4 - 16.4%, dependent upon loan amount
Mortgage rate (Nationwide, averaged): 6.5%

Nurses' pay rise 2007: 1.9%
Police pay rise 2007: 1.9%
British Army soldier, new entrant rate annual salary: £12,572

Average of MPs' pay rises (2006-2007): 2%
Average of MPs' expenses claims additional to basic salary, not inclusive of declared 2nd and 3rd jobs (2006-2007): £134,000

Knowing what it means to serve.... priceless (apparently).
Happy New Year.


Blogger Whichendbites said...

An the teachers are faced with 3 strikes and you're out. They got the dreaded 3 year deal that does not take into account what inflation is going to be. Watch out because the nurses, fire brigade, local authority employees, and then us will get beaten with the same stick. The blood from all the rest will still be wet.

We all know real inflation is a lot higher than they Gov't make out but their words mean they are totally inflexible. They have deliberately given the first year award for teachers at 2.45% to rub in the fact they have shafted us.

3 More years.......3 more years.

15 January, 2008 19:05  
Blogger Boy said...

It really is disgusting. In the end of the day without public sector workers the country would stop. I know how much work teachers do (my ex was one), and I can only imagine the horrors and hours of the police force.

Stupid government.

20 January, 2008 12:50  
Blogger Mousie said...

It's a good job we love our jobs so much we'd do them for free then, isn't it?! ;o)

Just keep repeating to yourself:

It's a vocation... It's a vocation... It's a vocation...

(Well, that's what they keep telling me...)

25 January, 2008 09:36  
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20 June, 2008 19:21  

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