On 6 May 2017 at 1:30am Hyena wrote:
In light of the comments on the earlier local election post, I wonder what the average salary in Lewes is?
On 6 May 2017 at 5:34am Bob wrote:
Yes, it would be interesting to know. However, who says people have to work where they live? My two young sons travel to Hastings and Worthing on a daily basis for their work.
On 6 May 2017 at 8:08am Metatron wrote:
If you work IN Lewes it's either in an admin job for one of our 3 councils or at Police HQ. I quess looking at the badly parked cars in Malling, that HQ workers are on above average incomes.
Now if you work in the many Coffee shops and Hairdressers, I expect your on minimum and live with your parents.
There isn't much in the way of industry in Lewes, the exception being Harvey's Brewery.
On reflection not the very balanced town it once was!
On 6 May 2017 at 10:21am Been Here a While wrote:
What the town is missing is the Cement Works and the Phoenix Ironworks. But imagine the outcry if they were to return.
On 6 May 2017 at 10:39am ClarifiedButler wrote:
What the town is missing is rent control and a lower wealth inequality. I saw an ad for a chef job at the Snowdrop yesterday which offered a Chef de Partie position with a 16k to 19k salary...supposedly one of the most successful food pubs in the town and that's barely over minimum wage for a job that should at least in theory involve a relatively high level of skill. I'm not necessarily making judgements about the snowdrop itself, but chef de parties in pubs in London make a significant amount more than that and the difference in rent is negligible these days. It's okay though, ok sure our local economy will be just fine being mostly made up of bored senseless administrators and spiralised courgettes eating, organic linen shirt wearing freelance digital media consultants. And then everyone has a go at the farmers voting Tory as if that's the problem.
On 6 May 2017 at 1:43pm Enlighten me wrote:
And whilst we're on the subject, why DO farmers vote tory?
Don't understand. The Conservatives don't support rural communities.
On 6 May 2017 at 2:23pm Burger flipper wrote:
I'm working towards my 5stars.
On 7 May 2017 at 8:20pm Fairmeadow wrote:
Average and median household incomes for each parish or town in East Sussex are published on the East Sussex in Figures website. For Lewes the median is about £30K per household, but the standard deviation is quite high. Lower in Newhaven and the other coastal towns, but higher, sometimes much higher, in most of the villages.
On 8 May 2017 at 2:21pm The Greek wrote:
Always wondered that Enlighten Me... It would seem farming would be more in tune with Labour's policies.
On 8 May 2017 at 3:09pm ar10642 wrote:
OK, so if the average Lewes salary is £30k, and assuming two people are earning that in the household (which probably assumes no children, because childcare costs are sky-high), MoneySavingExpert says:
"Typical upper range of mortgage: £150,000 - £210,000. A mortgage at £210,000 at 3% over 25 years would cost you £996 per month (20% of your pre-tax income)."
A quick Google says (from rightmove): "Flats sold for an average price of £283,356, while semi-detached properties fetched £479,825."
So people earning that would be living elsewhere, or renting if they had to start again now. Assuming they didn't have an enormous deposit, of course, from the bank of mum and dad etc.
On top of that, other people are saying they also need to make sure they never get too ill to work, they never lose their job, their marriage/relationship never fails and they somehow manage to save enough to cover themselves for an indefinite period of £995 mortgage payments and other living costs without resorting to benefits if any of that goes wrong.
Perhaps "knuckling down" isn't going to cut it anymore eh?
On 8 May 2017 at 5:21pm Poor wrote:
I manage to live in Lewes earning £28k, although after my mortgage payment and bills come out I'm left with about £50 per week to live off. Might need to admit defeat and move to Uckfield soon...
On 9 May 2017 at 11:26pm Spambot wrote:
I moved here from a rough town 'oop north' ten years or so ago. My three bed flat up there was £200pcm and you could get a pint down the local for £1.29. A 15k wage was considered pretty good. Not much has changed, you can still buy a mid terrace house up there for 35k even now.
The cost of living down here came somewhat of a shock.
Although I love the place (and it's a damn sight warmer!) our combined household income is now about 45k, our flat a similar size to the one up north, but we're definitely objectively poorer.
Still, that's life, worse things happen at sea.