14 million people live in poverty in the UK – over one in five of the population. Incredibly, included in this are eight million working-age adults, four million children and 1.9 million pensioners. 8 million live in families where at least one person is in work. This sums up the devastating direct impact austerity is having on the lives of those most in need, and how it is impacting upon society as a whole. Poverty is becoming more visible with the rising numbers of homeless people sleeping on the streets due to further cuts in benefits coupled with rising house prices and rents, and an alarming lack of mental health provision.
Even though some aspects are visible, unlike the 1930s when millions walked the street looking for work, most poverty in the UK has become invisible, with millions living in terror of credit card bills and potential interest rate rises. Poverty too has become more complex, as have public perceptions and responses. To tackle it in modern times, is it time to look again at how we understand and talk poverty?
Join our guests, Abigail Scott Paul, Stephen Armstrong, Kerry-Anne Mendoza, Darren McGarvey with host Prof. David Whyte, all passionate campaigners, researchers and writers, for a discussion around the causes, effects and solutions to poverty.
The discussion will be followed by a performance by rapper, writer and campaigner, Loki.
Poverty Safari: Understanding the anger of Britain's underclass by Darren McGarvey