by Rebecca O'Connellin News, Related StudiesComments Off on Published today: Breadline Britain, Stuart Lansley and Joanna Mack
Over the last thirty 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 most basic needs unmet and millions of children damaged by a lack of opportunities.
Based on exclusive access to a unique series of surveys conducted in the UK over three decades, Stewart Lansley’s and Joanna Mack’s Breadline Britain reveals the shocking state of deprivation in Britain today and debunk the myth that poverty is down to a ‘something for nothing’ benefits system. Instead, the blame lies with a massive shift in power from the workforce to corporations that has led to an increasingly uneven division of the cake. Hard-hitting and timely, this book argues that only wholly different political choices will reverse the fall in living standards experienced by so many Britons today.
“Brilliant. A devastatingly shocking report. This is the book everyone needs to read – authoritative and compellingly readable.”
“I remember very clearly my sense of elation when I first saw the material that went into Mack and Lansley’s enlightening, but disturbing research. Breadline Britain is a brilliant continuation of their deep engagement with the investigation of unacceptable poverty in Britain’s otherwise prosperous economy.”
Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate in Economics
“Inequality is the biggest challenge of our time. This important book exposes the real causes of poverty in modern Britain and makes a powerful case for the radical change we need to build a fairer and more equal society.”
Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee
“Careful and hard hitting. The book leaves our politicians no excuses.”
Richard Wilkinson, co-author of The Spirit Level
“Indispensable. Analytically sophisticated as well as viscerally stirring.”
David Kynaston, author of Austerity Britain, 1945-51
“The big debates about social and economic policy in Western countries are shifting from concerns about poverty to a recognition that growing inequality is our fundamental problem. Stewart Lansley and Joanna Mack, who have been working in this field for a generation, offer a massively convincing analysis of this problem and the policies it calls for.”
David Donnison, Emeritus Professor of Regional and Town Planning, University of Glasgow and former Chair of the Supplementary Benefits Commission
Joanna Mack works at the Open University and created the research resource www.poverty.ac.uk. She and Stewart Lansley are both former award-winning television producers, and have collaborated on research and television programmes about poverty over the last thirty years. She lives in St Albans.
Stewart Lansley is an economist and financial journalist. He has written extensively on poverty, wealth and inequality for specialist journals as well as the Guardian, the Independent and the Observer. He and Joanna Mack are both former award-winning television producers, and have collaborated on research and television programmes about poverty over the last thirty years. He lives in London.