Almost five million Brits are living in appliance poverty and lack access to basic white goods, say charity Turn2Us as they launch their new Living Without campaign.
Turn2Us are calling for increased access to grants to allow people to buy fridges, freezers, washing machines and cookers after revealing the shocking scale of households forced to make do without these essentials.
Their report found that 900,000 people are living without a fridge and use wet towels to keep food cold instead.
In addition, 1.9 million people are living without a cooker or a washing machine, leading to feelings of stress, anxiety and low self-worth while 2.8 million Brits don’t have access to a freezer.
We believe that one of the most shameful elements of poverty facing modern British society is appliance poverty
The ramifications for this are dire – relying on microwave meals is twice as expensive as making home-cooked meals, adding £2,100 to a family of four’s annual food bill. With no fridge or freezer, that bill increases by £1,365 a year as people are left with no choice but to shop every day.
Life without a washing machine has an even more drastic effect with trips to the launderette pushing up expenses by 2,500 per cent.