The Poverty and Social Exclusion research has received extensive coverage in the media. Details of the main articles in the press and interviews on radio/tv to date are listed below, including, where available, links.
Many of these articles and interviews provide good summaries of key aspects of the research. See, for examples:
The main survey findings formed the basis of a prime time ITV documentary in March 2013, Breadline Britain Tonight
, which reached 3.3m viewers. In March 2016, BBC Panorama programme, Too Poor To Stay Warm
, drew on the PSE work on fuel poverty and reached 2.4 million viewers as well as generating 125,000 iPlayer views.
The ESRC annual reports published summaries of the main findings on deprivation in Britain in 2014 ('Poverty of the rise' by Joanna Mack and Stewart Lansley) and the findings on attitudes to necessities in Britain in 2013 ('How poor is too poor?' by Joanna Mack and Stewart Lansley.
The coverage has focussed, in particular, around the following events:
- The publication of 'Breadline Britain – the rise of mass poverty', by Stewart Lansley and Joanna Mack, in February, 2015 (One World, £9.99)
- The PSE UK final conference in June 2014 and the PSE Scotland conference in August 2014
- The launch of the PSE UK report, 'The Impovishment of the UK' in March 2013 (by David Gordon, Joanna Mack, et al)
- The PSE team's response to the Government's 'Troubled families' initiative in 2012 ('Trouble' ahead, by Ruth Levitas, April, 2012)
‘Too Poor to Stay Warm’, a Panorama special investigation into fuel poverty, drawing on PSE data. First broadcast, March 21, 2016, you catch up here. Read more about the programme here.
'Structure rather than behaviour - on the causes of poverty', by Glen Bramley, LSE British Politics and Policy, 2 February, 2016
Coverage of 'Breadline Britain – the rise of mass poverty', 2015
Articles by Mack/Lansley
Other coverage in 2015
'UK living standards: PSE election briefing', David Gordon, PSE blog, 1 May, 2015
Coverage of the PSE UK final conference, June 2014
On June 19, 2014 the following UK national papers covered the PSE final conference. Pdfs of these articles are available below.
'Poverty doubles in thirty years as work fails to cover costs', The Independent
'Number in poverty soared since Thatcher', the I (Independent)
'Poverty getting worse for poorest', The Metro
'33% of families are poor', The Sun
'Ministers' fury over claim that poverty has doubled', Daily Mail
The findings were also covered in a number of regional papers, for example Western Daily Press (9 June, 2014)
Nick Ferrari's morning show
, LBC (19 June 2014): interview with Joanna Mack followed by a 2 hour phone in on 'What is poverty?'. LBC lunchtime slot with Julia Hartley Brewer
(19 June, 2014): interview with David Gordon followed by a three hour phone in on 'How do you define poverty?'.
The findings were also covered extensively internationally, for examples:
There was also coverage in Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Coverage of the PSE Scotland conference, August, 2014
On 20 August, 2014 the following Scotland national papers, tv and other media, other media outlets covered the PSE Scotland conference.
The Herald, ‘Plea for action as study finds a million Scots classed poor’ and editorial ‘Indictment that so many fail standard of living test’ (pdfs below)
The Press and Journal, Highlands and Islands, ‘250,000 Scots not properly fed’ (pdf below)
Good Morning Scotland, Radio Scotland
Radio Clyde interview with Glen Bramley
Other coverage in 2014
'The impact of the recession on child poverty and deprivation in the UK', Jonathan Bradshaw and Gill Main, PSE blog, 31 January, 2014
''Troubled' families in a spin', Ruth Levitas, PSE blog, 11 March, 2014
Coverage for the PSE report, 'The Impoverishment of the UK', March, 2013
An ITV 'Tonight' special on Breadline Britain was broadcast on March 28, 2013 at 7.30pm. The programme, which was entirely focussed on the PSE report, was watched by 3.3 million viewers. The ITV Tonight website
ran a report on the programme and the programme was extensively followed on twitter on #breadlinebritain and #itvtonight: the comments were overwhelmingly positive.
Press reports included stories in the Daily Mail, Guardian, Express and Star (Midlands), Newcastle Journal, and Phys Org. Radio: Interview with David Gordon, LBC (29 March, 2013).
Northern Ireland: The findings were covered in a special report on BBC Northern Ireland's Spotlight ( 26 March, 2013). Press reports included stories in the Belfast Telegraph (29 March, 2013), Irish News (29 March, 2013), Irish Independent (29 March, 2013). TV and radio interviews (with Mike Tomlinson, Queen's University, Belfast) on 28 March, 2012: U105 radio, Downtown Radio, Q Radio News, and UTV Live.
Scotland: Press and radio coverage in Herald Scotland (28 March, 2013), Scotsman (28 March, 2013), Scottish Daily Mail (28 March, 2013)and Radio Scotland, Good morning Scotland (29 March, 2013).
Other coverage in 2013
'Troubled' families coverage
Stephen Crossley NECP, 13, blog
re Ruth Levitas Troubled Families presentation to NECP
‘120,000 troubled families’ Every Child Update, November 2012 pp 21-24
Radio 4, Moral Maze, interview with Ruth Levitas (25 July, 2012)
Out There West, interview with Ruth Levitas (October, 2012)
Last updated 6 February, 2016