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  1. Well if you look at South Wales again, some of my colleagues live in the Rhondda Valley, which tends to be cheaper than the Rhymney Valley, so I might be able to get some local info for you. The houses tend to be smallish old terraced houses, they often have bathrooms downstairs at the back, so might be adaptable. It would be a huge culture shock for you though, I'd imagine after Bristol. And hills!
  2. The housing market's crazy at the moment. I can see the attraction of paying off your mortgage by moving, but house prices are usually lower for a reason. Usually lack of commuting routes. Fine if you're retiring but not so good if you need to travel regularly. It's a big decision, especially with health considerations to consider, and I wish you all the best xx
  3. It's a big decision too. I hope you find the option that suits you best. My daughter's househunting in Yeovil and house prices there are high.
  4. Does that mean you're considering staying in Bristol now?
  5. I've just seen this, prices went through the roof in Caerphilly when it was developed. https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/neath-llandarcy-urban-village-modwen-23201617
  6. Go for it, my friend moved out of Cardiff to a small place called Ynysybwl, similar circumstances. She's invited me up for a few of their social events, there's a lovely community up there. Just be aware (coming from a city I'm sure you are) that crime stats etc. can vary practically street by street.
  7. If it's like most rural Wales, yes. It does look rather pretty, you can definitely get a lot of house for your money in some areas of Wales.
  8. I already replied but can't see it now. Sorry Neil, I'm not familiar with Neath. I'd recommend putting the postcode into Streetcheck and then paying a visit to get a feel for the place. It'll be a big change from Bristol though.
  9. I bit of both I think. I'm Welsh, our politics at the time (including our teachers) involved Welsh independence and radical socialism (miners). The community was very well organised, the mining community clubbed together for the families, hospitals, holidays, all sorts. Coal could be nicked from the local colliery. None of us had fridges, phones, colour televisions, just one coal fire in the whole house, nearly everyone worked in the pits. It was still open in the 1970s. Maybe we were insulated from it until the pit closed in the 80s? Or as part of the unrest, saw it differently? Anyway, that radical spirit and organised community's long gone.
  10. This article resonates with me. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/past-times/2624645/fuel-supply-crisis/
  11. Not monetarism particularly, but "there is no such thing as society". I was a teenager in the 70s, so insulated from the worst of it, or something. My husband's a bit older, has no qualifications, and is dyslexic. He remembers getting work with ease, and changing jobs on a whim. Just going to the next one straight from the current one. So reading about the economics of the 70s and our lived life experience was very different. The 80s and 90s are the age I associate with financial hardship. The measures used to tackle inflation caused hardship for people who were at the lower end ofbthe payscale (like us) when interest rates soared. Now it's the price of houses. They were cheap in Wales in the 70s, but we had low wages, especially women. I think there's a point I'm struggling to express here. How things look on paper regarding how well a country's doing needs to be balanced against inequality within. Any measures putting the squeeze on people is bound to hit the lower paid harder, they can't absorb it so well, so the country prospers/recovers at the expense of some of its nationals. We fell off the laddercearly 90s after a decade of struggle, downsizing, and debt, and never really bounced back, so don't think we're being smug about the 70s. Just a bit confused.
  12. I pretty much think everything they did was idealism, just as I think austerity was. It was all about shrinking the state.
  13. Truthfully, when I read back to how bad things were in the 70s, I feel like I must have existed in a parallel universe. I only applied for one job at 16, straight from school, got it. Bought a big house, no sweat at all. No rich family handouts, nothing. Everything that came later was really hard. Redundancies, homelessness, bankruptcy. So empathy works both ways. There are winners and losers within the UK economy, such is the nature of the beast, the inequality that creates wealth. Oh, and the problem with equality is the levelling down necessary for the levelling up.
  14. ❤ Best wishes for you and your family xx
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