Hardship Britain: being poor in the 1990s

Publication date: 1992 Format: Paperback, 128 pages Published by: Child Poverty Action Group - Family Service Units
ISBN: 0 946744 37

Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with income support claimants, Hardship Britainprovides the first major qualitative assessment of the effects of the 1988 social security reforms on the lives of people receiving benefits. With special emphasis on the lives of people from minority ethnic groups, the focus is on the experience of poverty and exclusion, and its impact on self-esteem and personal dignity. Professionals and academics have all had their say about the nature of poverty. In Hardship Britain claimants speak for themselves. Hardship Britain gets to the heart of what it means to be poor in the 1990s.

Highlights major problems…at a time when the number of children living on the safety net has more than doubled’ The Independent

The first major assessment of the 1988 income support changes’ Social Work Today

This is an often harrowing account of life on benefit. In their own words, claimants tell of missed meals, second-hand clothes and dependence. An eye-opener for all in employment’ Time Out

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