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Breadline Britain: The Rise of Mass Poverty

by Joanna Mack and Stewart Lansley - £9.99  Oneworld Publications (2015)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781780745442 | ISBN 10: 1780745443

Over the last thirty years national income has doubled. So has poverty. Where did it all go wrong?
 
Poverty in Britain is at crisis levels. Food bank queues, poor housing and insecure jobs are on the rise, leaving increasing numbers of people with their most basic needs unmet and millions of children damaged by a lack of opportunities.
 
Based on exclusive access to a unique series of surveys conducted in the UK over three decades, Stewart Lansley and Joanna Mack reveal the shocking state of deprivation in Britain today and debunk the myth that poverty is down to a 'something for nothing' benefits system. Instead, the blame lies with a massive shift in power from the workforce to corporations that has led to an increasingly uneven division of the cake. Hard-hitting and timely, this book argues that only wholly different political choices will reverse the fall in living standards experienced by so many Britons today.

"Brilliant. A devastatingly shocking report. This is the book everyone needs to read authoritative and compellingly readable."
(Polly Toynbee)

(Price & availability last checked: February 2015)

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