Who are the new poor? And what can we do about it?


Today 13 million people are living in poverty in the UK, a number set to rise in the coming years. In The New Poverty (40% off until Sunday October 29, 23.59 PST) investigative journalist Stephen Armstrong travels across Britain to tell the stories of those who are most vulnerable. It is the story of an unreported Britain, abandoned by politicians and betrayed by the retreat of the welfare state. On the seventy-fifth anniversary of the 1942 Beveridge report he asks what we can do to stop the destruction of our welfare state.

In these videos he examines the 5 "evils" outlined in the Beveridge report and looks at where we are now, as well as talking in more detail about digital deprivation, children, housing and work. Watch the videos on our YouTube or below:

Watch the full interview here:

According to a 2017 report, 1 in 5 children live below the poverty line. The new poor, however, are an even larger group than these official figures suggest. They are more often than not in work, living precariously and betrayed by austerity policies that make affordable good quality housing, good health and secure employment increasingly unimaginable.  Who are the new poor? And what can we do about it?

The New Poverty is 40% off until October 29 at 23.59 PST.