Surviving austerity: local voices and local action in England's poorest neighbourhoods

Surviving austerity: local voices and local action in England's poorest neighbourhoods
Document type
Report
Author(s)
Slay, Julia; Penny, Joe
Publisher
New Economics Foundation
Date of publication
15 August 2013
Subject(s)
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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A report argues that the government's austerity policies and the continuing recession have promoted poverty and social insecurity. Pay and conditions in low-wage work have deteriorated to the point that, for the first time in recorded history, a higher proportion of people living in poverty are employed than unemployed or economically inactive. The Conservatives' “Big Society” hopes that increased voluntary work and third sector activity can compensate for cuts to social security and public services have proved unfounded. The report suggests, with case studies, how local government and the voluntary sector can act to promote social justice despite these central government policies.

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