2nd November 2016 Ascension Team

The Poverty Premium – When low-income households pay more for essential goods and services

Authors: Sara Davies, Andrea Finney and Yvette Hartfree
Funded by: Oak Foundation
Published by: University of Bristol
Publication date: November 2016

In the UK the poverty premium, the idea that poorer people pay more for essential goods and services, has been highlighted as an important social policy concern for low-income families.

This 2016 study revisits and advances earlier research conducted in 2010 by Save the Children. It reflects markets and household behaviour as it exists today, and, for the first time, explores how manylow-income households are actually affected by the poverty premium, and by how much.

The Poverty Premium (Key Findings) (PDF, 434kB)


Paying to be poor: uncovering the scale and nature of the poverty premium (PDF, 1,365kB)

Paying to be poor (Methodological Appendix) (PDF, 720kB)

Paying to be poor (Costing Appendix) (PDF, 665kB)

Source – University of Bristol

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