Breadline Britain: The Rise of Mass Poverty
Stewart Lansley & Joanna Mack
Over the last 30 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 needs unmet, and millions of children damaged by lack of opportunities.
Based on compelling case studies and three decades of rigorous statistical research, Stuart Lansley and Joanna Mack paint a devastating picture of the reality of poverty today and its causes. Shattering the myth that poverty is the fault of the poor and a generous welfare system, they show that the blame lies with massive social and economic upheaval that has shifted power from the workforce to corporations and swelled the ranks of the working poor, who are at the mercy of low-pay, zero-hour contracts and downward social mobility. However, Mack and Lansley argue, we can end poverty. It’s not impossible and it’s not unaffordable it doesn’t require boosting welfare spending. Setting out a clear ten-year programme for solving the poverty crisis, they provide an indispensable antidote to the disastrous course that both Labour and the Tories have set us on.
Publication February – One World Books