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Breadline Britain: The Rise of Mass Poverty

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Poverty in Britain is at post-war highs and - even with economic growth - is set to increase yet further. Food bank queues are growing, levels of severe deprivation have been rising, and increasing numbers of children are left with their most basic needs unmet.

Based on exclusive access to the largest ever survey of poverty in the UK, and its predecessor surveys in the
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 19th 2015 by Oneworld Publications (first published February 16th 2015)
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Liam89
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well-researched to the point of being water-tight, 'Breadline Britain' challenges the long-held belief that a rising tide carries all boats. Over the past thirty years national income in Britain has doubled. So has the poverty rate. Why? It is simple: successive governments, both Labour and Conservative, have accepted the results of the neo-liberal revolution of the 1970s which defined poverty not as a condition relative to higher earners or ability to function and partake in society fully, but ...more
Henriette
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just read it!
Jenny
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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READ THIS BOOK! Devastating and shocking, but also very well written. Down with the Tories!
Sarah
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Food for thought.

I tried to disregard the politician bashing because it's not an area in which I feel adequately informed to accept/refute his arguments.

The solution is unlikely to gain traction. Something along the lines of 'looking a gift horse in the mouth' would take a level of integrity and courage I'm yet to believe a politician possesses. Perhaps a 'jury duty' style approach to being a politician would be more appropriate than as a career choice... Those 'serving' know that their term is
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Chris Jerrey
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Poor are a misunderstood group. They are villified as scroungers in the gutter press but this book draws on academic research to bust the myths and help us understand people who are struggling. A very humane and necessary book.
Max Jönes
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The only book one needs to read to be disgusted at the current state of our country.
Jennifer
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
VERY important . This is a little heavy on statistics but a MUST Read for insight into what is going on in the UK right now.
Peter Timson
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
One should read - definitely before forming a view based on what is push by some of the press and an increasingly influential cadre of "don't bother me with the facts" politicians.
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