A charity alleged that hundreds of thousands of people in the United Kingdom are living without a fridge and it exposed the shocking figure to highlight what it described as millions living in poverty without necessary white goods.
The charity commissioned a study of 2,017 people earning less than £35,000 in December 2018 by private research firm Dynata and of those who responded, 312 – 15.5 per cent stated they were living without at least one of these, a cooker, fridge, freezer or washing machine.
In all 5.8 per cent stated they were living without a cooker, 2.9 per cent without a fridge, 9.5 per cent without a freezer and 5.6 per cent without a washing machine.
The charity used the data to provide a rough estimation that 900,000 people are living without a fridge in the United Kingdom and the charity alleged Tory welfare reforms since 2010 had contributed significantly to the rise in appliance deficiency and a spokesperson stated 70 of 100 charities had pointed to the determination to scrap a system of crisis loans called the Social Fund in 2013.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) stated people on Universal Credit can get a budgeting advance to assist with comparable costs but these are repaid through Universal Credit by docking future benefits.
Universal Credit budgeting advances are available and as the DWP state, can help pay for emergency household things, including washing machines or other appliances.
Household appliances are not indulgences these days, they’re essentials and everyone warrants the simple freedom to store their own food, cook their own dinner and wash their own clothes because not having a washing machine has a huge impact on one’s life and it requires a lot of money to have to keep going to the launderette, plus there are not many launderettes about now.
It can be emotionally upsetting for that person because they can’t provide sufficiently, particularly if they have children and it’s also disheartening for that person because they can’t provide basic essentials for their home and family and living without white goods results in a harsh and extremely stressful reality for people who are already some of the most marginalised in our society.
Everyone deserves to live in a sustainable home suitable for human habitation and single, childless people on benefits or minimum wage get crushed by the system and if it wasn’t for families donating, god knows what sort of state they would be in, but not everyone has a family who can help out.
And it seems that the Tories idea of these people is if they can’t afford heating, why on earth would they need a fridge and that if they have no heating, then most likely they have no food to put in a fridge. Problem sorted, and it seems that the Torie’s motto is “If I’m okay Jack bol*ocks to you”.
The problem is this country already knew the state of hardship and distress as a result of this Tory government and yet some people still chose the Tories, so either Brexit surpasses living without fundamental needs or the vote was rigged and those who voted Tory believing that they would actually help those in need, you need to give your head a jiggle.
Produce is getting smaller, the price of fresh food keeps growing, particularly meat and salaries, and benefits stay the same because the plan is to decimate those worse off and the ones they class as a stone on their shoe will suffer even more and they have surpassed their expectations on how low they will sink.
And when the people of the United Kingdom can’t afford essential appliances, then something is dangerously wrong, and I hope those Brexit voters who voted to leave are ready for what comes next or will they just continue to be gullible and accept the distortions that this Nazi government keep telling them?
Far too many in this country look down on those who rely on benefits but you just don’t have a clue on what their struggle is like, perhaps one day you’ll find out!
But some might say that it’s the responsibility of the person to get a job and pay for their white goods but what about those with disabilities and mental disabilities who can’t work and have to completely rely on getting help from the government? What if one day something happens to you and you can’t work, will it still be your responsibility or do these people think they’ve got some master plan to purchase things with buttons?
Most people who have jobs still struggle to pay their rent, council tax, gas, electric, fuel costs, food costs, clothing costs et cetera. They don’t want handouts but most low-income families have to rely on them to make ends meet and the worst thing is, those that are better off look upon the low income of this country as if they’re the problem but the problem with this country is our government, end of.