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Living "off grid" in the UK?

Is it possible to live under the radar in the UK?
Get paid cash in hand,don't inform the utility companies or local/national council of where you are living,leave no paper trail etc?
I've got a mate who lives up near Cartmel in the lakes. He works in his wood making charcoal and selling that, all cash work. Living in a lean to and enjoying life with the odd bottle of bartered scotch.
Theoretically yes - but they can always track you with the microchip inside your head.
Well, your gov't is discussing about putting them in all new puppies....can't be that far off! :)

CBBC Newsround - Dog owners in England will have to microchip puppies
Microchip for every new pup: Millions face £35 bill as ministers unveil hi-tech scheme to tackle the scourge of dangerous dogs | Mail Online
Microchips can't stop dangerous dogs biting | Beverley Cuddy | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

George Orwell must be thanking your gov't for making his novel a reality. I still don't understand how it will actually stop them from attacking though! Hey, it's all for the greater good of the U.K., isn't it?
Are we talking Jack Reacher stylee? Just a comb in your pocket, using random cashpoints to withdraw your pension, buying new, cheap utility clothes when the old ones need washing and smashing the bad guys at every turn.

Its probably harder if you have people looking for you, Scotland is a pretty big place, perhaps get a job as a farm hand no questions asked and a free bothy as part of the deal.

Ive thought about buying a wood a few times, not to make charcoal, as one day, after you have burnt all your wood, you will just have a big field whith a lean to in the middle which probably wont go unnoticed in Cartmel, but then perhaps you use it as a cash only carpark for the races.

There was a guy called Sandy who used to live in a bothy on Cape Wrath, once a week he would walk into the villiage (10km), collect his pension, buy some food and booze, scrounge a few pints then wander off to the bothy, overnighting under a rock on the way back. Collected driftwood for fire and shell fish and other users of the bothy for food...

I meant other users of the bothy left him food.

Ideal with a pension / dole but I like a drink too much so would need a still.
deal with a pension / dole but I like a drink too much so would need a still.

How would somebody from the Falkland Islands help you drink too much???
There are plenty of illegal immigrants living off grid. It's nothing new. A recent bunch are labelled The Bridge Men Of Heston (sounds like some obscure folk group), a bunch of Asians living under a motorway bridge in West London. A bit like Calais's Jungle camp this side of the Channel.

There always have been, and always will be people living off grid in the UK, working cash in hand, living rough or in sub-standard accomodation. Some British, some not, all with different reasons.

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