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Our Lives: challenging attitudes to poverty in 2015

Authors: Tricia Zipfel, Jo Tunnard, Josephine Feeney, Audrey Flannagan, Loretta Gaffney, Karen Postle, Frances O’Grady, Sally Young and Fran Bennett.

This is important testimony from the frontline of Austerity and the reversal of the welfare state. The report offers moving testimony and analysis of the many different ways modern poverty harms people and society. While the obvious material deprivation of the 1930s is now rarely seen real poverty is a growing problem. 

Some of the sections in the report give a flavour of what is going on:

  • Going hungry
  • Battered by the benefit system
  • Complex lives
  • Fragmented families
  • Young and homeless
  • Poverty and mental health
  • Poverty and disability
  • Penalised by private sector companies
  • Insecurity and employment

Modelled on the landmark text - Our Towns - this is an important document produced by women with real experience of the corrosive impact of growing poverty in the UK today.


Our Lives is published by Tricia Zipfel, Jo Tunnard, Josephine Feeney, Audrey Flannagan, Loretta Gaffney, Karen Postle, Frances O’Grady, Sally Young and Fran Bennett under a Creative Commons Attribution - Non-Commercial 4.0 International License. 

This means that the information can be shared, but should be attributed.

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