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Austerity, Community Action, and the Future of Citizenship$
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Shana Cohen, Christina Fuhr, and Jan-Jonathan Bock

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331032

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331032.001.0001

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Finding employment and living a good life in London

Finding employment and living a good life in London

(p.115) Seven Finding employment and living a good life in London
Austerity, Community Action, and the Future of Citizenship

Chris Price

Policy Press

This is one inner London charity’s story of working alongside people living on a low income. Pecan has worked for over 25 years in the community, with a focus on helping people out of the clutches of poverty through helping people to build the skills and confidence to secure work. But is work able to pay enough in London considering the rising cost of living in London? Drawing on the experiences of some people who have been in touch with Pecan and its projects, the chapter argues that while Pecan does its best to help people find and stay in employment through expert advice and emotional support, the structural difficulties posed by labour and housing market changes, which result in income and housing insecurities, can prevent people from shifting to a more stable position in their lives.

Keywords:   London, poverty, foodbank, unemployment, ex-offenders, timebanking

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