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Festival of Ideas: Breadline Britain

Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (BCDP)

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 from 19:15 to 20:15 (BST)

Festival of Ideas: Breadline Britain

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Stewart Lansley and Joanna Mack
Breadline Britain
0 October 2015, 19:15-20:15
Waterstones Bristol Galleries, please use Union Street entrance, doors open 18:45
Ticket cost: £4 (including VAT). Tickets also for sale at the store.

With benefit levels facing further cuts, the 2010 Child Poverty Act to be repealed and its targets abandoned, what does this mean for the poor? Is Britain heading for an ever bigger divide between extreme affluence and rising social decay? Why is the government so determined to redefine poverty?
Using research they began in 1983, Stewart Lansley and Joanna Mack examine Britain’s record on poverty.  They find that levels of severe deprivation have been rising, with increasing numbers of children missing out on the most basic of needs.
Painting a devastating picture of the reality and causes of poverty today, they shatter the myth, fostered by government and the media, that poverty is the fault of the poor and a generous benefits system. Instead they argue the blame lies with social and economic upheaval that has shifted power from the workforce to corporations and swelled the ranks of the working poor.

They argue that the high levels of poverty in the UK can be traced directly to the political choices taken by successive governments, and outline alternative economic and social strategies that could reverse the course of the last three decades.


Stewart Lansley and Joanna Mack are the authors of Breadline Britain, The Rise of Mass Poverty, Oneworld.

Stewart is a visiting fellow at Bristol University and has written extensively on poverty, wealth and inequality. His book, The Cost of Inequality, was short-listed for the Spear’s business book awards for 2012.  Joanna Mack was the Open University’s lead on the 2012 Poverty and Social Exclusion study, and the Principal Investigator of the 1983 Breadline Britain research which pioneered poverty measurement based on publicly determined needs.

They are co-authors of Poor Britain, 1983, and have collaborated on work on poverty from the Breadline Britain surveys to

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Please be ready to take your place by 19.10 at the latest. Events start punctually and, out of consideration to other audience members and speakers, our policy is not to admit or issue refunds to latecomers. Audience data will be shared with Waterstones. You may receive details of other events run by them.

The Festival of Ideas endeavours to hold its events in venues that are accessible to all, but if you have specific access concerns it is advisable to contact the venue direct. There is no loop system at Waterstones. There are toilet facilities in store.

Do you have questions about Festival of Ideas: Breadline Britain? Contact Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (BCDP)

When & Where

Waterstones Bristol Galleries, use Union Street entrance
11A Union Galleries
BS1 3XD Bristol
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 from 19:15 to 20:15 (BST)

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Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (BCDP)

BCDP facilitates, leads, promotes and manages cultural activity in Bristol and the West of England including the Bristol Festival of Ideas.

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