Aisha and her six-year old daughter were evicted. The council housing office gave her a train ticket and directions to emergency accommodation 120 miles away. For a month, she has shared a double bed with her daughter in a room scarcely bigger than the bed, living out of their suitcase, and eating mainly cold snack food from the corner shop. She has no idea how long she will be there, so her daughter is not in school. The communal dining room has banned playing children, so they spend a lot of the time sitting on the bed, watching television. Aisha cannot look for work because she has no permanent address. She has worked as a radio presenter, but says, “I’d do any work – cleaning, kitchen work. I want to be working and paying tax.”