Nurses use payday loans as income drops

A survey has found that nurses across Britain are beginning to rely more and more on payday loans and borrowing money from loved ones, due to their falling monthly income.

The survey conducted by Nursing Standard spoke to over 1,200 healthcare assistants and nurses and found that more than 50 per cent of them have taken on extra shifts to boost their income, while 10 per cent of them have a second job outside of nursing.

More than a third of respondents said that they had to go without heating, and more than 70 per cent had not gone on holiday, standard.co.uk reports.

The survey said that the main reason why take-home pay had fallen so considerably was due to increased pension contributions, while pay had dropped by 9 per cent in real terms since 2010.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey told huffingtonpost.co.uk that the government is not paying adequate attention to the needs of the people keeping the NHS up and running this winter. The government is being irresponsible and is oblivious to the struggles of normal people.

Mr McCluskey said: “Economic recovery may be being enjoyed within the super-wealthy circles in which the Prime Minister moves, but it is passing ordinary people by.”