SOCIETY

An open letter to the Prime Minister: I fear for my children as much as yours.

Dear David, Like millions of us, I know you will be reeling after the horrific attacks in Paris. How can anyone with an ounce of humanity not feel compassion, grief …

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POVERTY, YOUNG PEOPLE POVERTY PORN
POVERTY PORN

From ‘People Like Us’ to ‘Kids Like Me’

Charlotte McCarthy When the BBC3 series People Like Us first aired in early 2013, it was met with conflicting reactions. The ‘welfare dependency’ rhetoric that contaminates public opinion sparked outrage within politics and …

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POVERTY PORN

Imagine Turning the Camera Lens Around

The second series of ‘People Like Us’, focusing on Chelmsley Wood in the Midlands, was aired on BBC Three on recently. Much like the previous series, it focused on stereotypes of …

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ECONOMY

Social impact bonds: Profiting from Poverty?

By Dan Silver and Becky Clarke. Dan Silver and Becky Clarke. This article first appeared in the autumn edition of Outlook magazine. Social investment is becoming increasingly discussed, but there …

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POLICY

The Centre for Social Justice: Decision-based evidence making to punish the poor

By Daniel Silver, Becky Clarke, Amina Lone, Patrick Williams Iain Duncan Smith established the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) think-tank in 2004 following his ‘Easterhouse epiphany’ in Glasgow, as he …

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SARF PUBLICATIONS

White Working Class Communities in Manchester

White Working Class Communities in Manchester  explores the experiences and concerns of segments of the majority population in Higher Blackley, a ward in the north of Manchester. The report focuses …

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ECONOMY

All Work and Low Pay: We must not forget how people from different backgrounds are affected in different ways

By Dan Silver and Amina Lone The nature of poverty is changing, and today more people living in poverty are working than are out of work. The injustice of low-pay …

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SARF PUBLICATIONS

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities explores and evaluates responses to the challenges faced by the communities of Manchester and Salford made evident by the riots of August 2011 riots. The report …

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