\’Upstairs Downstairs\’ Britain alive and well
Over a quarter of all homes in Britain employ some form of domestic help in a demonstration that the ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ culture is alive and well, new research shows.
Despite the depressed economic climate, around 28 per cent of households regularly employ help on a regular basis, according to a survey by LV home insurance.
People employed include cleaners, child-minders, gardeners, dog walkers and handymen.
This isn\’t Upstairs Downstairs, this is the division of labour.
For the cleaner is just as likely to be paying a child minder as the dog walker is a gardener.
Umm, OK, I\’m sure we can outline households that are more likely to be employing any of the set and those that are less but it just isn\’t that Upstairs Downstairs life where 25% of the population were in domestic service to the upper middle classes and the aristocracy.
And perhaps the crucial difference about then and now is that it\’s not live in…..
LV, which was formerly known as Liverpool Victoria, found that people pay out an average of £40 cash-in-hand to helpers, amounting to almost £500 a year.
And there\’s Ritchie\’s tax evasion. £30 billion of cash moving hand to hand without taxation. When you add the VAT and income /NI that\’s a good £20 billion being evaded (yes, evaded, not avoided). And who would want to live in a society where the State managed to control and tax such transactions?