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“You just have to get by” Coping with low incomes and cold homes


This report describes the findings of a study of the coping strategies of low-income households in Great Britain, funded by eaga Charitable Trust. The study combined quantitative and qualitative methods: a face-to-face survey of 699 low-income households and 50 in-depth telephone interviews with a subsample of the surveyed households. The participating households all had an equivalised net income, before housing costs, below 60 per cent of national median income. The survey data were weighted to control for selection bias and non-response, such that the quantitative findings are generalisable to all low-income households in Great Britain.