Lynne graduated with a first in criminology, but has been unemployed for three years. She had hoped for a job with the police, but a 20 per cent cut in police funding had seen a reduction in jobs. She says, “I’ve been applying for waitressing. I’ve been applying for administration. I was applying for care work. I’ve got no TV. I’ve got no fridge running. I’m not using the heating at all yet. I’ve done my best. I’ve got two degrees. I’m afraid to put the light on at night because of the cost of energy. It makes me very angry, but there’s not much support out there. I’m just so stuck.”

Source: Mary O’Hara (2014) Austerity Bites, Policy Press, vi, 144