How many people live in poverty in the UK, and how has this changed over recent decades? Are those in poverty more likely to suffer other forms of disadvantage or social exclusion? Is exclusion multi-dimensional, taking different forms for different groups or places?
Based on the largest UK study of its kind ever commissioned, this fascinating book provides the most detailed national picture of these problems. Chapters consider a range of dimensions of disadvantage as well as poverty - access to local services or employment, social relations or civic participation, health and well-being. The book also explores relationships between these in the first truly multi-dimensional analysis of exclusion.
Written by leading academics, this is an authoritative account of welfare outcomes achieved across the UK.
A companion volume Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK: Volume 1 focuses on specific groups such as children or older people, and different geographical areas.
"This excellent book achieves the near impossible task of analysing social exclusion quantitatively, while maintaining the sense of lived experience of poor and excluded individuals and families." Naomi Eisenstadt, Oxford University
“This report’s unique analysis highlights the pressing need for a comprehensive and long-term plan to solve poverty in the UK.” Campbell Robb, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Glen Bramley is Professor of Urban Studies based in the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, and Equalities Research at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. His recent research has focused on planning for new housing, housing affordability, social sustainability and aspects of poverty, including destitution, homelessness, access to services and the costs of poverty. He has published several books and numerous journal articles. From 2006 to 2010 he was on the Board of the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit, and from 2010 to 2014 part of the PSE-UK research team.
Nick Bailey is Professor of Urban Studies based in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. He has published in the fields of housing and urban policy, as well as in poverty, and has advised national and local government on the analysis of poverty and social exclusion. In addition to his involvement in the PSE-UK research team, he has more recently played a leading role in the development of research using administrative data, through both the Urban Big Data Centre at Glasgow, and the Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland.
Introduction ~ Nick Bailey and Glen Bramley;
Part 1: Resources;
Fifty years of poverty in the UK ~ Joanna Mack;
Living standards in the UK ~ Demi Patsios, Marco Pomati and Paddy Hillyard;
Severe poverty and destitution ~ Glen Bramley, Suzanne Fitzpatrick and Filip Sosenko;
Poverty, local services and austerity ~ Glen Bramley and Kirsten Besemer;
Part 2: Participation;
Social participation and social support ~ Lisa Wilson, Eldin Fahmy and Nick Bailey;
Employment, poverty and social exclusion ~ Nick Bailey;
Poverty, social exclusion and civic engagement ~ Eldin Fahmy;
Part 3: Quality of life;
Poverty and health: thirty years of progress? ~ Lucy Prior and David Manley;
Housing and the living environment ~ Glen Bramley;
Poverty and social harm: challenging discourses of risk, resilience and choice ~ Simon Pemberton, Christina Pantazis and Paddy Hillyard;
Financial inclusion, financial stress and debt ~ Glen Bramley and Kirsten Besemer;
The poverty of well-being ~ Michael Tomlinson and Lisa Wilson;
Part 4: Bringing it together;
The multidimensional analysis of social exclusion ~ Nick Bailey, Eldin Fahmy and Jonathan Bradshaw;
Conclusions and emerging themes ~ Glen Bramley and Nick Bailey.