The Price of Poverty: the cost of living for low income earners

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People living on low incomes often pay more for essential goods and services. This poverty penalty means that they may have to buy low quality or expensive goods and services. They may face catastrophic spending burdens to maintain basic standards of living. This report discusses how this happens and why. It includes interviews where people talk about their spending priorities, how they cope with high prices and manage their budgets.

Publication Date: October 2011 Authors: Jo Flanagan, Kathleen Flanagan The price of poverty - The cost of living for low income earners (pdf) The price of poverty - Brief (pdf)

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