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London voices, London livesTales from a working capital$
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Peter Hall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349842

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349842.001.0001

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Making Ends Meet

Making Ends Meet

(p.269) Chapter Nine Making Ends Meet
London voices, London lives

Peter Hall

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the struggles of Londoners as seen through the struggles of those interviewed in this study. Most of the participants of the study reported that they were struggling to make ends meet. For them life was a constant battle to keep their heads above water. Specifically for a significant minority, especially single mothers, it was almost a nightmare struggle for existence. In this chapter, the issues of the need to have two incomes to make ends meet, the need to juggle time between work and family, the constant struggle to survive, Income Support, a dependency on the welfare state, the complexity of the welfare state and the negative consequences of dependency, and the constant struggle for shelter are tackled and discussed. Evidently, most of the interviewed people declared that life in Millennial London is a constant struggle. They always feel as if their heads are just above the water. They stressed the need for two incomes and they talked about the problems of housing. Though social housing is crucial for low income Londoners, the rules about how to gain access to it are ill-defined and the resulting accommodation is often unsuitable. For those living in social housing, life is a constant struggle to survive.

Keywords:   Londoners, struggle for existence, two incomes, work and family, Income Support, dependency, shelter, housing, social housing

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