Responding to a question about the new immigration income threshold, Greg Dyke, who had earned some £300,000 a year as Director General of the BBC (he stated his income at paragraph 12 of this article) said:
£18,600 seems like quite a lot of money to me. It’s not a lot of money in some parts of the country. It’s an awful lot in others. If what we’re saying is we’re going to keep husband and wife, genuine married couples, apart until they can earn that sort of money, then I find it offensive.
Perhaps more offensively, this panel of higher rate income tax payers had already discussed “problem families” (at 19 minutes), apparently without any sense of realism to place “a lot of money” in context.The new requirement to sponsor a spouse is an annual income of £18,600 before tax.
That’s £37 a week more than “poverty”.
£419 average Household income
£289 immigration threshold
£251 poverty threshold
That’s £204 a month more than the average rent for a one bedroom property in June 2012.
£1,251 immigration threshold
£1,047 average rent
After tax, it’s more than £5000 less than the average debt of a CCCS client.
£20,023 average debt
£15,010 immigration threshold
And before tax, it’s 11.6% of the average house price in England and Wales in April 2012.
£18,600 immigration threshold
£160,417 average house price
Whatever your take on immigration, believing that wealth is a few quid above state dependence is dangerous. How close to becoming a scrounger are you?
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