Patterns of Consumption: Shelter

  • W. Hamish Fraser


After bodily sustenance the next priority for all classes was accommodation, and here again the poor suffered for their poverty. Just before the First World War a middle-class, well-to-do man, earning £2000 a year, might pay £250 in rent, rates and taxes, one-eighth of his income. The comfortably off gentleman on £500 a year might pay £85, one-sixth of his income. The working man on 24s a week might pay 8s on rent and rates, one-third of his income.


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