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About the Living Without campaign

Find out the reasons why we are highlighting this important issue

What is the campaign about?

The #LivingWithout campaign highlights the true scale and impact of appliance poverty in the UK. Our report sets out a series of solutions to help get a fridge, freezer, washing machine and cooker in every home. 

Too many people are living in houses without essential household items and facing the resulting financial, physical and emotional penalties. We want to support those already struggling and contribute to a long term solution.

The campaign has been built around two key objectives:

  • To provide immediate support for people living without essential household items by increasing access to grants and other forms of support through our existing services and partnerships
  • To work with key stakeholders to create a number of medium and long term solutions that focus on providing practical help and deep-rooted societal change.

Consequences of Living Without

We know millions of people are living without these essentials and facing an immediate financial consequence, this is often called a 'poverty premium'.

For example, if you don't own a washing machine and have to use a local laundrette instead, it will cost you hundreds if not thousands more in the long run.

We also know that many people will eventually purchase household appliances using high cost credit which can cause or exacerbate financial difficulties.

There are also negative impacts on your physical health. Living without an oven, for example, might mean you rely on unhealthy microwave food.

Additionally, the effects on your mental health can not be understated.

Another concern is that many people are living with failing and faulty appliances because they can't afford to replace them.

Letting people know that help is available

Research that we undertook found low levels of awareness that grants were available to help people purchase household appliances, with 81% of those surveyed being unaware of them.

A key aim of the campaign is therefore to raise awareness of grants and how they can help people struggling to purchase basic household goods.

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