Paying more to be poor

09 October 2016

Citizens Advice Scotland have issued a report on poverty, this one focused on the poverty premium (when those on a low income pay more for goods and services due to their weaker position in consumer markets) in energy, telecommunications and finance in Scotland. Their research found that 18% of low income respondents did not use the internet, landlines or cable or satellite television compared to less than 1% of high earners.

Low income consumers were also less likely to have switched telecoms suppliers, with 31% saying they had done so in the last three years compared to 39% on a high income. Overall, 38% of those with internet access switched suppliers in the past three years, compared to 26% that lacked such access.

The full report can be found here.

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