The Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell proposes to clobber the “rich” with higher taxes. He said he meant those on”roughly” £70,000 a year.
It’s true that £70,000 is well above the national average. But when housing costs are taken into account would someone in Hammersmith and Fulham earning that amount regard themselves as rich?
According to Zoopla the cheapest property in W12 on sale at the moment is a studio flat in St Stephen’s Avenue at £270,000. Good luck getting a mortgage to pay for that if you are on £70,000 a year.
What about renting? A two bedroom flat on the Peabody Estate in Fulham Palace Road costs £410 a week. That is £21,320 a year. If you are on £70,000 a year your take home salary is £48,067.20. Would those on that salary paying that level of rent and that level of tax consider themselves as rich?
What does the Shadow Housing Minister (and Labour MP for Hammersmith Andrew Slaughter) make of the Shadow Chancellor’s claims?
Well presumably he agrees because he’s also in favour of the mansion tax isn’t he – it seems in his view anyone who owns a house in the borough is rich.
Many tenants in social housing are ‘earning’ more than £70k/yr once their rent subsidy is added to the other cash benefits received. Presumably John McDonnell thinks they should chip in a bit as well?