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Life in Bolsover Today

Author: Bolsover Community Voluntary Partners

Inequality in the UK has doubled in a generation and the consequences are felt most harshly in places like Bolsover. Government policy has focused on reducing wages and employment rights, reducing benefits and increasing indirect taxes to harm millions of ordinary people.

Unfortunately people do not even realise what is happening and do not see it is a political process. Nor is there enough understanding of the multiple harms and costs created by a policy of increased inequality and poverty.

This report from Bolsover Community Voluntary Partners highlights several key themes:

  1. Community spirit seems to be in decline in the face of cuts and overwork
  2. Welfare reform has created poverty, fear and many are simply unaware of their basic rights
  3. Social lives are becoming narrower and aspirations lower
  4. People cannot afford the most basic necessities
  5. People are often forced between eating food or heating their homes
  6. People are struggling to stay in their own communities close to family and friends
  7. Transport services were inadequate
  8. Health and mental health is under threat as daily life becomes more difficult
  9. Social isolation and fear between different groups was growing

Alongside documenting these injustices a powerful film was produced which demonstrates that - while times are tough - there is also a powerful sense of anger and injustice in Bolsover and that people do want to find a way to restore justice to their community.


The publisher is Bolsover Community Voluntary Partners.

Life in Bolsover Today © Bolsover Community Voluntary Partners 2016.

All Rights Reserved. No part of this paper may be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher except for the quotation of brief passages in reviews.

Documents

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Exploring the Meaning of Poverty

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Poverty UK

Poverty UK

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Listening Up to Poverty

Listening Up to Poverty

Simon Duffy reflects on the stories he heard at a conference on poverty and welfare reform.

Our Lives: challenging attitudes to poverty in 2015

Our Lives: Poverty in 2015

An important survey of the experiences of families living in in poverty in modern Britain.

Counting the Cuts

Counting the Cuts

This report was one of the first quantitative analyses providing an estimate of the cumulative impact of UK Government cuts on disabled people and those in poverty.

The Fox Report: From the North East

The Fox Report: From the North East

The Fox Report from the North East provides powerful insight into how 'austerity' is being experienced by people in the North East.

A Qualitative Study of the Impact of the UK Bedroom Tax

Impact of the UK Bedroom Tax

This report examines the impact of the bedroom tax on health and wellbeing in a North East England community in which 68.5% of residents live in social housing.

The Politics of Poverty

Slides: The Politics of Poverty

In this presentation for an Anti-Poverty Conference organised by Bolsover CVP, Simon Duffy explores some of the myths about inequality and poverty in the UK.

Derbyshire Unemployed Workers' Centres

Derbyshire Unemployed Workers' Centres

Part of a larger network of TUC Unemployed Workers' Centres, this is Derbyshire's Annual Report for 2016.