The whole ‘could you live on £53 a week?‘ question is rather a daft one to get exercised about, regardless of what your political views are because:
(a) the person who raised the question it turned out themselves has rather more than £53 a week to live on, so why pick that number?, and
(b) the pertinent question isn’t whether you can live on a small sum of money as a one-off, it’s whether you can afford to live on it over a longer period of time as you run into extra costs like clothes that need replacing or emergencies hit you like a close relative falling ill the other side of the country.
But in amongst all the guff generated by the question, there is this telling opinion poll finding: the richer you are, the more likely you are to think you could live on £53 a week. All income brackets on balance heavily say they couldn’t, but the richer your household is, the more likely you are to think you could.
Excluding rent, do you think you could live on £53 a week? Yes/No
Gross household income under £20,000: -57% net
Gross household income £20,000-£39,999: -46% net
Gross household income £40,000-£69,999: -46% net
Gross household income £70,000+: -32% net