As part of their Living Without campaign, Turn2us has revealed that around 6% of UK households, living below the national average household income of £35,000, are living without a cooker.
Turn2us is a charity that provides information and support about welfare benefits and charitable grants. The charity warns that living without such a basic household good has a profoundly negative impact on the physical, emotional and financial wellbeing of people across the UK.
So far in 2018, R.A.B.I has paid out around £12,000 for essential white goods to more than 45 farming households in financial hardship. Some 15-20 families have received money for new cookers or to have their old cookers fixed.
Dawn Jackson, Head of Grants at Turn2us, said: “Basic household appliances are not a luxury – the reality of living without a cooker at any time of year is grim; it takes away dignity, leaves families further out of pocket and the impact on children or other dependants cannot be overstated.”
There’s a lot R.A.B.I can do to help. If you’re struggling to afford essential appliances, such as cookers, fridge-freezers, or washing machines please give our welfare team a call on 0808 281 9490.
Unaudited figures cover the period January 1 to December 18, 2018 and are subject to change. They have been rounded up where appropriate.