IPR Public Lecture
Time: 5.15 - 7.00pm
Venue: 10W 2.47
Speakers: Jeremy Seabrook, author and journalist
Audience: This event is free and open to all, with registration in advance
On 29 November, the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) will welcome veteran author and journalist Jeremy Seabrook to speak about the welfare state. Having written on the subjects of social inequality, welfare and development for over four decades, Seabrook is well-placed to discuss how this British institution has shrunk over time, and the effects this has on the individuals who rely upon it.
Abstract: Britain’s welfare state, one of the greatest achievements of our post-war reconstruction, was regarded as the cornerstone of modern society. Today, that cornerstone is wilfully being dismantled by a succession of governments, with horrifying consequences. The establishment paints pictures of so-called ‘benefit scroungers’: the disabled, the sickly and the old. In his book Cut Out: Living Without Welfare,published by Pluto Press, Jeremy Seabrook speaks to people whose support from the state – for whatever reason – is now being withdrawn, rendering their lives unsustainable. In turns disturbing, eye-opening, and ultimately humanistic, these accounts reveal the reality behind the headlines, and the true nature of British politics today.
Biography: Jeremy Seabrook is a journalist and writer. He has written for New Statesman, The Guardian,The Times and The Independent. He writes plays for stage and TV and is the author of numerous books including Cut Out: Living Without Welfare (Pluto, 2016).
'For half a century, in one delicately textured study after another, Seabrook has established himself as perhaps Britain’s finest anatomist of class, deindustrialisation, migration and the spiritual consequences of neoliberalism.'
- Sukhdev Sandhu, The Guardian