Posted by Aris

Listen: hygiene poverty in the UK

Hygiene poverty means not being able to afford many of the basic hygiene and personal products most of us take for granted and the reality is that it restricts people’s options, leaving us caught between being able to heat our homes, pay the rent, eat or be clean.

A new report from The Hygiene Bank, the UK charity whose mission is to end hygiene poverty, finds that hygiene poverty is affecting an estimated 4.2 million adults in the UK (8% of the population), up from 3.1 million in 2022, highlighting the escalating severity of this silent crisis.

The study uncovers the devastating impacts of hygiene poverty on individuals and families across the nation, exposing the effects hygiene poverty has on mental and physical health and how it acts as a barrier to education and work.

Ari spoke to Ruth Brock, CEO of Hygiene Bank.

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