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Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK: Vol. 2The Dimensions of Disadvantage$
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Glen Bramley and Nick Bailey

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447334224

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447334224.001.0001

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Severe poverty and destitution

Severe poverty and destitution

(p.91) Three Severe poverty and destitution
Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK: Vol. 2

Glen Bramley

Suzanne Fitzpatrick

Filip Sosenko

Policy Press

There have been growing concerns about various manifestations of extreme hardship in the UK, which are investigated using both PSE and a survey of emergency service users. A consensus-based definition of destitution is developed and applied to show its current extent and incidence in Britain. While no single cause dominates, the importance of arrears and debts, benefit levels, delays and sanction, health and relationship problems, evictions, job loss and migration are all underlined.

Keywords:   Severe Poverty, Destitution, Consensus, Welfare system, Emergency services

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