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Poor families must pay an extra £1,300 a year for basic goods and services

Publié par Clifford Armion le 01/11/2011

Rachel Williams

"Poor families face a "poverty premium" that forces them to pay many hundreds of pounds more for basic goods, services and heating than the better-off, new research reveals today.

"Analysis by Save the Children found that those on low incomes pay out nearly £1,300 more each year - a rise of more than 20% since the survey was last carried out in 2007 - because they are at the mercy of expensive prepayment systems for energy, steep rates on borrowing and higher insurance premiums.

"A fifth of the extra costs came from fuel bills, with poorer families paying an average of £1,135 for gas and electricity annually, compared with £880 for other families. Many do not have access to a bank account that would let them pay bills by direct debit, meaning they must use more expensive prepayment systems such as smartcards, keys or tokens."

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"Poor families must pay an extra £1,300 a year for basic goods and services", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2011. Consulté le 30/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/poor-families-must-pay-an-extra-1-300-a-year-for-basic-goods-and-services