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Warrington worker: weekly budget, 1914 & 1919

Outline of the weekly budget for F. Hodson of Warrington, his wife and seven children. It compares wages and weekly expenditure in 1914 and 1919 (before and shortly after the First World War). The cost of living had risen considerably higher than the family's income over that period.

This item is one of a series of documents on the contemporary cost of living collected by the Dock, Wharf, Riverside and General Workers' Union of Great Britain and Ireland as part of their evidence for the 1920 Court of Inquiry into Wages, Rates and Conditions of Men Engaged in Dock and Waterside Labour (also known as the Shaw Inquiry).

Outline of the weekly budget for a family of nine, comparing prices in 1914 and 1919 to highlight the levels of inflation in income and expenditure