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Mom has “no carpet, stove, heater or hot water” as living below the poverty line has been disclosed

James Anderson compared the contents of the young mother’s fridge to wartime rationing when he imagined a half-opened can of chopped tomatoes, baked beans and 50p butter spread from the supermarket

Mum-of-two Katie revealed the desperate conditions she lives in
Mum-of-two Katie revealed the desperate conditions she lives in

A local heroine has been praised for showing the reality of life below the poverty line after a mother-of-two revealed she has “no gas, carpet, oven, heat or hot water”.

Pride of Manchester winner James Anderson, who helps provide free or heavily subsidized services to keep people warm, was “appalled” at the conditions in which mum-of-two Katie had lived.

The family, who have agreed to be photographed, live in a rented flat in Burnley, can’t afford gas, have little electricity, no carpet, no heating or hot water and no working stove. Manchester evening news reported.

Mr Anderson was shocked to see the contents of her fridge, which he compared to wartime rationing when imagining a half-opened tin of chopped tomatoes, baked beans and 50p supermarket butter spread.

On the same weekend that the nation came together to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, the Pride of Manchester winner said he was appalled at families in Britain being allowed to live like this.







The contents of Katie’s fridge
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The condition of Katie’s oven
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He wrote on Twitter: “A day of celebration. They have no gas or electricity, no carpets, no heating or hot water. They don’t have an oven, just a hob.

James said he bought the family a grocery store for £150 and wrote to Katie’s local council to make them aware of their situation.

He said: “A lady contacted me and asked what we could do for her. I wasn’t happy at all with what I saw. The house has no carpet and is full of concrete floors.

“She can’t afford very little electricity and gas at all. There were a few cans in the cupboard and two cans in the fridge that were opened with a knife because they can’t afford a can opener.







James Anderson helps provide free or heavily subsidized services to keep people warm
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“I think one was a can of chopped tomatoes and baked beans. It almost looked like the kind of rationing you would get during WWII. It was terrible.”

James said he gave the family £20 to get some basic supplies and later returned with several bags of grocery shopping.

He said Katie lives with her two young children, aged four and five, and her partner.

He said: “The council say they will examine their situation tomorrow so hopefully we can get the ball rolling. Up to now nobody has taken care of it. They have been abandoned by society.”







Mum-of-two Katie revealed the desperate conditions she lives in
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James, the founder of community interest company Depher, was announced this year as the winner of the Pride of Manchester after helping more than 39,000 families since March 2017, notably with free emergency boiler, plumbing and heating services.

In 2020-2021 they delivered £60,000 worth of PPE and food to families, care homes, frontline workers and emergency services.

He said he’s seen more and more families like Katie’s due to the cost of living crisis and has done everything he can to help “before it’s too late”. “When will help come for such people,” he said.

The Government has introduced a package of measures to help households with rising living costs, including a one-off living cost payment of £650 for beneficiaries.

And a £400 grant to help with energy bills – on top of the £150 council tax refund given to those living in Bands AD.

However, some have argued that the Government’s £15billion outlay will not be enough to help families in difficulty, with the Asda boss calling the package a ‘drop in the ocean’.

Sir Stuart Rose, the chairman of Britain’s third largest supermarket, said he welcomed the one-off payments but said: “There will still be ongoing pressure and a lot of hardship on people.”

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