The new north-south divide: Two families 300 miles apart earn 50k but one struggles and the other lives in luxury


The new north-south divide: Two families 300 miles apart earn 50k but one struggles and the other lives in luxury

The new north-south divide: Two families 300 miles apart earn 50k but one struggles and the other lives in luxury

9:10 AM on 11th July 2011

Geography lesson: Left the Salloways from Northumbria and right the Sewells from Surrey Geography lesson: Left the Salloways from Northumbria and right the Sewells from Surrey

Geography lesson: Left the Salloways from Northumbria and right the Sewells from Surrey

Struggling: The Sewell

Struggling: The Sewell”s don”t always have the heating on because they can”t afford to on 50,000 a year

Expensive: The Sewells live in a 600,000 house and have two cars but are feeling the pinch

Expensive: The Sewells live in a 600,000 house and have two cars but are feeling the pinch

No holiday: Melanie and Andrew Sewell used to take three holidays a year, with children Josh, 17, and Incey, 15, but not anymore

No holiday: Melanie and Andrew Sewell used to take three holidays a year, with children Josh, 17, and Incey, 15, but not anymore

Bills to pay: The Sewells live in this home near expensive Guildford but say

Bills to pay: The Sewells live in this home near expensive Guildford but say “A few years ago 50,000 was a nice sum to live off – now we just about manage.”

Different story: Nick and Claire Salloway with their daughters Bethany, 13, and Ashley, 20, who believe they live a comfortable life on a 50,000 salary in the North of England

Different story: Nick and Claire Salloway with their daughters Bethany, 13, and Ashley, 20, who believe they live a comfortable life on a 50,000 salary in the North of England

Treble to price: The Luxury: The Salloway family live in a 200,000 house near Newcastle but it would be worth at least 600,000 in the south

Treble to price: The Luxury: The Salloway family live in a 200,000 house near Newcastle but it would be worth at least 600,000 in the south

Contrast: Claire says:

Contrast: Claire says: “It seems that people”s days in the South are full of commuting through traffic, trying to get from one place to the other.”