Response to The Poverty Premium in Greater Manchester by GMPA

Citizens Advice Stockport welcomes the report produced by Greater Manchester Poverty Action; The Poverty Premium in Greater Manchester, but say that it isn’t a surprise.

Steve Hughes, Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Advice Stockport said:

“We welcome the report into the impact the poverty premium in Greater Manchester but are not surprised by the findings.

“It is outrageous that someone on a low income could pay over £1,000 more than the average person on a “decent” income when by definition, people on low incomes can’t afford the extra cost.

“Citizens Advice has been very vocal about the costs of rent-to-own companies and the report by GMPA shows that household goods like washing machines and cookers can end up costing £200 more than if bought outright.

“We will continue to work with our partners in Stockport and across Greater Manchester to help solve this deep issue within our society.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Contact – press@castockport.org.uk

  • The Poverty Premium in Greater Manchester report was produced by Graham Whitham of Greater Manchester Poverty Action.
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