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According to the Greater London Authority Living Wage department a full-time (ft) employee in London with no

children would need to earn £375.13 per week in order to maintain a ‘low cost but acceptable’ standard of living11.

Basic living costs (“low cost but acceptable” budget) for typical families with children living in London (£ per week) Couple with children

Lone parent

2ft

1ft 1pt

2 pt

1ft

1pt

ft

pt

Shopping basket costs

209.80

209.80

209.80

209.80

209.80

158.88

158.88

Housing

101.54

101.54

101.54

101.54

101.54

101.54

101.54

Council tax

25.16

25.16

25.16

25.16

25.16

18.87

18.87

Total transport costs

57.09

57.09

57.09

28.55

28.55

28.55

28.55

Childcare costs

240.69

115.89

115.89

0.00

0.00

240.69

115.89

Total costs

634.28

509.48

509.48

365.05

365.05

548.52

423.72

According the Greater London Authority Living Wage department a full-time (ft) employee in London with children would

need to earn £548.52 per week in to maintain a ‘low cost but acceptable’ standard of living12.

Cost of basic living items Cinema (adult ticket)

£9 - £12

West End theatre

£20-£70

Club/pub entry

£5-£20

Live music/concerts

£9-£50+

Chart CDs (including online)

£5-£12

Newspaper

£1

Pint of milk

£0.60

Pub meal

£6-£15

Restaurant meal

£30-£50+

Pint of beer

£2.50-£3.50

Bottle of wine

£5-£15

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Moving to London; A Practical Companion for Irish People  
Moving to London; A Practical Companion for Irish People  

A helpful, practical and comprehensive guide to Moving to London for Irish people. Published by the London Irish Centre in May 2012.

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