Our social affairs editor looks at the issues affecting modern Britain in an era of spending cuts and high unemployment.
There’s always a disconnect between any Westminster debate about poverty and any discussion with people who are actually living it.
Certainly sitting on Angela Chicken’s eleventh floor council flat today in Southampton, all the talk of internal cabinet wrangling over the definition of poverty and whether the chancellor has trumped the work and pensions secretary seemed rather, well… abstract.
By the current statistical measure of child poverty – a household where the income is less than 60 per cent of the average wage – Angela and her nine-year-old son tick that particular and unpleasant box. (more…)
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