Living on the edge

20 Oct

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by Nick Wright

We face a big task in making opposition to austerity the central narrative in British politics.

It is not that people are indifferent to the issue. For millions dealing with the practical consequences of not having enough money to cover life’s basic expenses — or even worse not having any guaranteed income – is a daily drama. Poverty pay, precarious work and zero hours contracts add up to austerity in normal times. And government cuts to benefits, vanishing tax credits, fast eroding health and social services and most particularly – spiralling housing costs combined with housing scarcity – pile new agonies upon existing uncertainty.

There is a world of difference between the lives of those whose income streams are guaranteed, jobs secure and housing affordable and the lives of millions on the edge. But even people in seemingly safe situations are just a month’s salary or a…

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