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15% of people in the North West are living without household essentials

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New research has shown that 15% of people in the North West don't have essential household appliances.

The figures, gathered by the national poverty charity 'Turn2Us', have revealed that 250,000 households across the region can't afford appliances such as cookers and fridges.

The charity said that research highlights the "dire financial, physical and emotional consequences experienced by people living without these basic needs".

The charity said that the abolition of the Social Fund in 2013, which previously provided support for those living without essential household appliances, has been identified as the "single biggest erosion of help".

The Department for Work and Pensions said that financial advances to pay for emergency household items are available with universal credit.

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