As a rising number of Britons find themselves in 'in-work poverty', Steve and Billy tell their story of homelessness, insecure work and council failings in BBC Two's Broke.
For the past week the story of Chancellor George Osborne and his attempt to rein in the tax credit system has filled the
Those inclined to judge might say it's irresponsible to spend money on anything other than the basic necessities when you're struggling financially, but where do you draw the line? Do you decide to wait until you're earning more or have paid off more of your debts before you get the kids a pet or take them on holiday, or do you realise that if you wait for those things to happen they'll have grown up and gone?
One problem is that ageing workers are widely seen as "a burden" with the focus of attention being on their chronological ages rather than their work capacity (or, to use an increasingly recognised concept, their work-ability) which can vary enormously from worker to worker of the same ages.
A shocking report has revealed that most people classed as living in poverty have jobs. For the first time, there are more
Britain's children are living in cold, cramped homes, infested with damp and mould, because parents cannot afford to keep
The dire state of low pay in parts of Britain has been laid bare, with new statistics showing more working families in Wales
A dramatic rise in children living in poverty-stricken working families has alarmed campaigners, with the government urged
In a period of grave economic downturn, why is the current government making everyday life more difficult for poorer families?
We are making progress in our understanding of poverty, but insisting on a single solution risks everyone falling through the net.