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Book review: For whose benefit?

Claire Sewell

For Whose Benefit? The everyday realities of welfare reform, Ruth Patrick, Policy Press, 2017, £19.99 Since the general election, poverty has been hitting the headlines. The most recent critics of Conservative welfare cuts have included PM Gordon Brown who has warned: “There will soon be more people in poverty in May’s Britain – 15.7 million…

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The social insecurity system

Sue Watson

We should be more understanding when people need financial help, because the reality is that most people claim social security benefits at some point in their lives, writes Dole Animator, Sue Watson.  Well what a few years it has been! I had plans for my future having just started an aromatherapy business in 2007. These included…

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My experience of being on benefits

Rebecca Bromley

In 2011 I became part of a research project called ‘the lived experiences of welfare reform’.  The group was formed by Ruth Patrick who was studying social policy at the University of Leeds. As part of Ruth’s research she wanted to find out about the lives of those on benefits. Ruth has interviewed me several…

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