Billy is a neighbourhood renewal officer and says, “We had a woman who lives in the flats with two children and, under the benefits changes, she’s going to lose £2,000. So what’s going to happen is she’s going to be even deeper in poverty. We are talking about people being able to pay rent, people being able to clothe and feed their children. People have been living in poverty; the difficulty now is it’s getting worse.”

Source: Mary O’Hara (2014) Austerity Bites, Policy Press, 105