A new #LivingWithout campaign report has unveiled the level of appliance poverty around the country, with 4.8 million people - or two million households - living without essential appliances such as cookers, washing machines, fridges and freezers.
Launched by charity Turn2Us, the study showed that 1.9 million people don’t have a cooker, 2.8 million live without a freezer, 900,000 without a fridge and 1.9 million don’t have a washing machine at home.
Research and analysis by the organisation has found that changes to welfare policy introduced since 2010 have contributed significantly to the rise in appliance poverty.
For example, the abolition of the Social Fund back in 2013 was identified as the biggest erosion of help, with more than 70 per cent of grant-giving charities saying its removal was a turning point in this regard.
Chief executive with Turn2Us Thomas Lawson said: “Household appliances are not luxuries: they are essentials. Everyone deserves the simple right to store their own food, cook their own dinner and wash their own clothes.
“People who currently live without white goods face huge economic, physical and emotional penalties. We all want to live in a society where these social injustices are no longer tolerated.”
If you are struggling with household appliances, you could be eligible for financial support and Turn2Us has a Grants Search facility on its site that you can use to see if you can get some help with the cost of your white goods.
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