Joanna Mack

Stewart Lansley and Joanna Mack

Breadline Britain

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Tue 20 October 2015

Stewart Lansley and Joanna Mack

Breadline Britain

Joanna Mack
Tue 20 October 2015,

With benefit levels facing further cuts, the 2010 Child Poverty Act to be repealed and its targets abandoned, what does this mean for the poor? Is Britain heading for an ever bigger divide between extreme affluence and rising social decay? Why is the government so determined to redefine poverty?

Using research they began in 1983, Stewart Lansley and Joanna Mack examine Britain’s record on poverty.  They find that levels of severe deprivation have been rising, with increasing numbers of children missing out on the most basic of needs.

Painting a devastating picture of the reality and causes of poverty today, they shatter the myth, fostered by government and the media, that poverty is the fault of the poor and a generous benefits system. Instead they argue the blame lies with social and economic upheaval that has shifted power from the workforce to corporations and swelled the ranks of the working poor.

They argue that the high levels of poverty in the UK can be traced directly to the political choices taken by successive governments, and outline alternative economic and social strategies that could reverse the course of the last three decades.

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