Small Numbers, Big Insights: A year in the lives of families living with austerity

Suzanne Hall, Isabella Pereira and Chris Perry
Ipsos MORI

Introduction: From eleven families to a world of insight

The UK's Coalition Government has, like many European countries, implemented a series of cuts to the financial support and services it provides to bring down the deficit arising from the 2008 global financial crisis. This has seen an end to certain universal entitlements like Child Benefit, a tightening in the eligibility criteria for means tested benefits, a reduction in the amount of benefits paid and the closure of key sources of help and support like Children's Centres. Providing the backdrop to these changes are rising prices, stagnating wages and a stuttering economy with few opportunities to move into work for those that are able. Bearing the brunt are families who are experiencing a unique set of pressures.