Lowest paid pay more for services - report

Written by Tom Freeman on 31 August 2016 in News

Citizens Advice Scotland report reveals cost of essentials often higher for the poorest in Scotland

People on low incomes pay more than most for essential goods and services, according to new research by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).

Services like energy, telecoms and financial services can be more expensive for the poorest people, the research reveals, which has a knock-on effect on relationships, health and wellbeing.

The report, ‘Paying More to be Poor’, found those on low incomes are more likely to have pre-payment meters for their electricity and gas, use more expensive pay-as-you-go mobile tariffs and incur more charges for their bank accounts and other financial products.


Campaigners call for Scottish Government action on missed fuel poverty target

Scotland’s fiscal deficit over twice the UK’s as a percentage of GDP

The research used Ipsos Mori polling which also revealed 43 per cent of those affected said they'd cut down on food as a result of rising utility costs, while around a quarter said they had cut back on social activities.

CAS spokesman Patrick Hogan said: “In our report today we make a number of recommendations about how to address this problem. We pledge that we will work together with those who supply essential services to persuade them to bring down costs and offer better deals to those on low incomes. We will also raise awareness of cost traps and the importance of making informed consumer choice.

 “The market must offer better value for consumers of all income levels. Poverty should not breed even more poverty.”




Related Articles

Nicola Sturgeon announces £328,000 of funding to tackle rough sleeping this winter
28 November 2017

Funding will be used to increase emergency accommodation in areas with the greatest numbers of rough sleepers, create personal budgets for front line workers to spend on immediate housing needs,...

Keeping Scotland's homes warm and healthy is one of the best investments we can make
19 October 2017

Lori McElroy, chair of the Existing Homes Alliance Scotland, on how new regulation and planning controls, backed by market incentives, could improve the energy performance of...

Scrap the benefits freeze or force half a million more into poverty, says thinktank
10 October 2017

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that the policy to freeze working-age benefits represents the “single biggest policy driver” behind the expected rise in poverty

Opportunities for all: JRF chief executive Campbell Robb
18 September 2017

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) chief executive Campbell Robb on the importance of inclusive growth in Scotland 

Share this page