Books about poverty in today’s Britain

Stewart Lansley and Joanna Mack (2015) Breadline Britain: the rise of mass poverty (Oneworld)

James Bloodworth (2018) Hired: six months undercover in low-wage Britain. (Atlantic Books)
(A journalist goes undercover to find working conditions at Amazon, a social care agency, a call centre, and as an Uber driver.)

Darren McGarvey (2017) Poverty safari: understanding the anger of Britain’s underclass. (Picador)
(Excellent account of poverty in Scotland)

Vickie Cooper and David Whyte (eds) (2017) The violence of Austerity. (Pluto Press)(Chapters dealing with specific issues such as mental health, fuel, hunger, asylum, etc.)

Danny Dorling (2014) Inequality and the 1% (Verso)
(Contains key statistics about increasing social divisions)


Books about child poverty and education

Diane Reay (2017) Miseducation: inequality, education and the working classes. (Policy Press)
(Includes personal accounts as well as descriptions about how the school system increases disadvantage.)

John Smyth, Terry Wrigley and Peter McInerney (2018) Living on the edge: rethinking poverty, class and schooling (2nd edition) (Peter Lang)
(Looks at problems in how underachievement has been understood, and discusses better responses)

Susanne Gannon, Robert Hattam and Wayne Sawyer (2018) Resisting educational inequality: reframing policy and practice in schools serving vulnerable communities. (Routledge)
(Important collection of chapters from experts in Britain and Australia)



Hopeful Childhoods

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland

Reclaiming Schools
(A series of blog posts critical of Conservative government policies)


Video and film

Poor kids: life on the breadline.
(A very powerful video documentary focusing on children’s home lives and the difficulties of succeeding at school)

Breadline kids.
(A film about family poverty in Scotland)


Films by Ken Loach:

Raining Stones (1993)

I, Daniel Blake (2016)

Sorry We Missed You (2019)