Monday, 9 May 2011

Thinking Allowed

An extraordinary interview with the social science researcher, Tracy Shildrick. People who depend on others to provide them with food and clothes 'without exception' do not describe themselves as poor but blame each other for being 'feckless.' Ms Shildrick and her fellow researchers were surprised by the levels of poverty they found and with some of the attitudes of the people living in poverty, which for me describes the chasm between the poor and the not-poor.

Here's the report the interview is based on but I strongly urge you to listen to and hear the rather shocking conclusions.

If you do no other work on poverty this month, please listen to this.

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